Strategies to future-proof your employability

By Hannah Kingston

Friday September 11, 2020


The unemployment rate currently sits at around 7.5% in Australia and continues to slowly rise as a result of the pandemic. While the future may be uncertain for many, there are a number of strategies that you can implement to future proof your employability.

Here are six strategies to future-proof your employability:

Monitor where the demands of your industry are headed

Monitor where the demands of your industry are headed. If you stay ahead of new industry trends, competitors and updates, you have a better chance of staying on top, with know-how on how you can innovate.

Whatever the business you are in, keeping your ear to the ground and staying plugged gives you the best chance to succeed within that industry and continue to develop within your role.

If members of the leadership team can turn to you for industry insights and you are making a proactive effort to say well informed on the demands and changes of your industry, you can position yourself as the go-to which maintains and helps to grow your employability potential.

Keep progressing with digital advancements

Technology is rapidly evolving and changing. 90% of the worlds data was developed in the last two years and each day we produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data.

Each and every day, countless new software updates are being developed and released. While it may be hard to stay up to date with all of the latest technology trends, it’s essential to understand all of the programs that your department uses.

Speaking in broader terms, if you can progress with digital, you will help to maintain your employability and save yourself a lot of time and potential annoyance. Keep upskilling to streamline your workflow, there are plenty of free courses, tutorials and tools out there to help you along the way.

Continue to upskill within your role and beyond

When it comes to future-proofing your employability, a trajectory on your CV showcases motivation and drive to continue upskilling. This is attractive to both current and potential employers down the line as it shows a continued dedication and interest for your industry.

There are a number of strategies that you can implement to upskill, and they don’t all need to break the back. You might consider formalizing a new interest with further education and a qualification, you regularly start to attend events, you might start networking more often, seek out a mentor or put your hand up for projects that aren’t directly related to your role more often.

Stay focused on your career progression

If you want to future proof your employability, you need to be able to see your future! Knowing the direction in which you want to go makes a huge difference when it comes to making decisions, including where to you put the time and effort in.

Looking to the future helps you decide if you would like to go after that promotion, change organisation or even switch career. While you don’t have to have all of the answers at all times, it pays to have some idea of where you are headed.

Identify if your current industry is giving you the best opportunities

Is your current industry offering the best opportunities? Are you getting to flex your skillset but more importantly do you want to? Future-proofing your employability may be deciding that you want something different altogether, and there is nothing wrong with that.

If you want to maintain or build upon your employability, you need the right environment to thrive. If you feel that you have hit your own professional ceiling at work, it’s time to get more vocal about your needs and wants within your role or consider a career change.

Develop and build upon your soft skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that relate to how you work. There are seven key soft skills which include emotional intelligence, a collaborative attitude, a growth mindset, openness to feedback, adaptability, active learning and a strong work ethic.

While the technology trends of 2020 look towards artificial intelligence and automation, there are some things that machines can’t replace, that’s you! Brush up on your soft skills and your employability will stay on track.

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