Life Hacks

Tips on how to future-proof your job and management skills

As the digital age transforms and the fourth industrial revolution begins to unfold, opportunities to create new jobs arise.

COO of Jack Hammer Advaita Naidoo explains how the digital age has transformed the workplace, forcing employers to apply innovative measures to remain relevant.

Jack Hammer is an executive search and recruitment firm, which helps companies recruit for the future.

Companies and leaders need to enable their work forces to adapt and to shift in response to what the market is looking for.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

There are a few roles that we have seen come up in a few years that three years ago would have been absolutely unheard of but more and more we find ourselves being requested to go and find these people.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

Naidoo says there is no existing 'career path' for these new jobs entering the market. They require people who are cross-functional and understand the overall company strategy.

She says the notion that it's only low skill jobs that will be digitised is not true. Managerial jobs are also at risk of being lost.

There is a World Bank Report that says over 60% of all jobs could be replaced, including those of managerial level.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

It's the managers and leaders who are stuck in a bit of a time warp that should be worried and those that spend their time on operational tasks.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

So it's strategy, innovation and stakeholder engagement - things that require human judgment, those are the ones that need more emphasis because computers can't come up with new ideas.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

How to future proof a good job?

Naidoo advises of four critical "C" skills that one should have in order to survive the digital age.

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity

Technical mastery of a field will always remain a value even though the machines are coming.

Advaita Naidoo, COO - Jack Hammer

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Tips on how to future-proof your job and management skills


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Robocalls: the good, the bad and the ugly

Robocalls: the good, the bad and the ugly

Before Robocops we will need to deal with Robocallers.

'It's about solving problems of Africa using Science and Technology'

'It's about solving problems of Africa using Science and Technology'

Minister of Science and Technology Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says the Science Forum is about finding innovative science solutions.

 New draft White Paper on STI to prepare SA for fourth industrial revolution

New draft White Paper on STI to prepare SA for fourth industrial revolution

The Department of Science and Technology is developing a new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).

'Youth unemployment at 54%. Chances become slimmer for jobseeker as time passes'

'Youth unemployment at 54%. Chances become slimmer for jobseeker as time passes'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Karen Ferguson, Research Manager at Knowledge Resources.

[WATCH] Pepper the robot first non-human to face questions in UK Parliament

[WATCH] Pepper the robot first non-human to face questions in UK Parliament

The robot gave testimony at an education special committee in the House of Commons and caused some amusement.

Popular articles
Absa is the most complained about bank in South Africa

Absa is the most complained about bank in South Africa

Capitec Bank, however, is keeping its customers decidedly happy. Bruce Whitfield interviews consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

Check out the videos, tweets, Facebook posts that have gone viral and why this kid cheered her dad on in the toilet.