How To Always Remain Relevant In a Fast-Changing Job Market
Updated: Jun 15
COVID-19. Brexit. Exponential technology. Ubiquitous, mobile super computing. Internet-of-Things. Artificially intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neuro-technological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it is happening at an exponential speed.
According to McKinsey, sixty-two percent of executives believe they will need to retrain or replace more than a quarter of their workforce between now and 2023 due to advancing automation and digitisation. Research from Deloitte and the World Economic Forum reports skills that once had a half-life of 30 years now have an average life of just six years or less. This means that an employee will need to re-skill seven times throughout the course of an average working career.
Previous industrial revolutions liberated humankind from animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions of people. This Fourth Industrial Revolution is, however, fundamentally different. It is characterised by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human. We will require new skill-sets, mind-sets and heart-sets and it starts with believing in yourself.
The past three months offered more time for contemplation and reflection regarding my journey to this date. Yes, I have a vision and a plan for the future, but it is equally important to understand yourself and discover your strengths from overcoming past challenges. These are my top five principles that guide how I live my life:
1. Create your own opportunities
When you are 18 and move to a different country to study, you encounter a lot of challenges, especially when on top of this you have to learn and adapt to a new culture. I've never seen this as a barrier and always looking at creating my on path.
If sending 100 CVs online won't get me an interview for a part-time job (the struggles of being a student! as at that time I had no work experience), I decided to make a list of all the hotels and restaurants around and go and speak to the managers in person. And this is how my career began working in an Indian restaurant and a fish and chips shop whilst pursuing my studies. Yes, I didn't come from a well-off family, but this didn't stop me to transcend my background, always having a higher-vision for my future. I have many more stories and will create another article on this topic.
2. Lead with excellence & kindness
I always took pride and ownership of my work - no matter the job or the task - because I could see the opportunity: to grow, develop, learn from that experience and become the best at what I do. Working in the hospitality industry for the first 3-4 years of my career thought me how to deliver excellent customer service, become a better listener, to seek to understand before being understood, lead not only with words but also with action.
3. Transcend your limits
Every year I set my own personal growth targets and new experiences. I believe that when you expose yourself to a variety of environments that take you out of your comfort zone, that's when you actually grow. From meeting people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures and having meaningful conversations understand their outlook and their perspectives on life, to learning a new skill (becoming a public speaker, personal trainer, or now pursuing my master); taking on physical challenges like completing a 5k run, 10k run, a marathon, a triathlon; or pushing your mental and spiritual capacity by attending a Vipassana Meditation retreat; every single experience impacts on how you see yourself and others. So be intentional with your own personal and professional growth.
4. Be kind to yourself and celebrate all your small wins
Most people don't talk about this, but in order to excel and master your craft you first need to believe and be kind to yourself. We spend most of our life in an education system where we are we are educated in order to have a career, but not how to create a successful and meaningful life on our own terms. Reaching a level of where you feel happy, joyful, appreciative and radically accepting yourself is a process but it all starts with the belief that this is possible. Only from this place you can start creating your masterpiece and also be able to help and support your loved ones, the community and the world.
5. Be guided by your mission and values
In a world that makes you feel inferior for being different, you stand in your power and let your life be guided by your mission and values. We need more compassionate, more transparent and more caring leaders - serving the people and the world. Being true to yourself and living a life guided by higher-values will actually lead to becoming extraordinary and finally feel harmony and inner-peace.
The master in the art of living makes little distinction between her work and her play, her labour and her leisure, her mind and her body, her education and her recreation, her love and her religion. She hardly knows which is which. She simply pursues her vision of excellence at whatever she does, leaving others to decide whether she is working or playing. To them she is always doing both.
Once you start living your life from this place of total appreciation for your challenges and learning to find the lessons in your failures, to expand your perception of the world by trying new things, and to focus on your own personal growth, you become UNSTOPPABLE.
The way you see yourself will change, and maybe start believing that you can have all those experiences that you've always dreamed of and that anything that you can IMAGINE can become your reality and always been possible.