Pathways to Futureproofing Your Career in a Post-COVID-19 World

The variety of options that, although they were on the market thanks to the innovation that in recent years has been accelerating day by day, the Covid-19 has given a definitive “boost” to the imagination at the same time as to the actions that people and organizations must undertake.

From transformative technology to remote leadership, if you are one of those people who has been studying a postgraduate degree and want to enhance your career, you should continue within what fits these lines of action.

There is no doubt that the impacts of COVID-19 on global labor markets have been significant, with greater or lesser intensity depending on the particular characteristics of each nation.

But while some industries continue to adapt to new ways of working, others are expanding to meet growing demand.

How to face your new career then?

The basic rule and one that has not changed in decades, at least for those of us in fourth level training, is lifelong learning.

The question is which certificates and postgraduate course titles respond to the constantly evolving needs of the economic sector in which you intend to enter, be it industry, finance or the world of services from the areas of marketing, advertising, human resources, after sales services, etc.

In the first place, the choice to make the decision requires being informed about the trends of that particular industry and / or activity, since a great majority of sectors in fact become sub-industries of larger ones, because the complexity of markets and the constant renewal of business models demand it.

Therefore, understanding these trends is essential, because it means that you can have a reasonable vision of what is likely to affect and at the same time condition both your studies and the performance of this sector in the coming years.

New professionals who join the labor market must be especially attentive about the implications that Covid-19 has had in particular in that sector to which you want to belong.

Because do not forget one thing: your choice is not for one day, since at least you will spend the next two years in that activity.

For example, for a growing number of industries, blockchain technology is the tendency to impact business operations itself, and one of the main areas to possess knowledge. According to some data that is public, for example Australia, there is evidence of a job growth of over 200% year over year in blockchain skills since 2015, with more than half of those jobs in roles that require an understanding of how the blockchain is integrated into all types of companies.

And this is necessary to begin to understand what it is, what it is for and what is the scope it currently has in the economy in general.

Of course, the expression “new economy” is not something that emerged yesterday, but what is true is that its use has accelerated from the impact of Covid-19.

There are Business Schools that are already working on truly multidisciplinary programs that will prepare you to lead in a variety of roles and sectors, which despite the crisis, are still in high demand for the workforce.

The digital economy stronger than ever

Our position from the AEEN is that our sector is so sensitive to innovation and change, that since our creation we have always been at the forefront ensuring that our associates are always responding to market demands in terms of programs and their respective curricular content, we are persuaded more than ever that the new potential leaders that are going to be developed in the coming years must be involved in what are the new frontiers of research and the application of new learning in the world, but very particularly, in what is affecting your local market, and what organizations are doing to lead the emerging digital economy.

Advance your career with flexible study options

You have to adapt to new ways of leading while operating. It should not be forgotten that a large majority of workers and this is valid for students who have just finished a graduate degree, are working from home, so embracing change has never been more important.

Managing projects remotely, adapting quickly to current issues, and being part of a team with a collaborative mindset are some of the top skills employers will look for.

Connect people’s skills with emerging technologies

Develop highly sought leadership skills through in-depth knowledge of, for example, “Project Management”, it will open the doors to you on how to lead complex projects on time and on budget, contribute to business development efficiency and apply solutions to tomorrow’s challenges within a variety of industries, including construction, engineering, IT and more.

Invest in transferable skills Possessing transferable skills is a great way to ensure that you can adapt to the needs of the job market, whether that means changing teams, organizations, or industries.

But what skills are most valuable to future employers? Named by LinkedIn Learning as three of the top ten technical skills in demand in 2020, it is clear that analytical reasoning, business analysis and scientific computing are driving the future.

Delve into the world of data to gain specialized skills to manage and analyze Big Data, gaining a detailed understanding of analytics, statistics, and computer science, as it can be critical to business decision-making, corporate strategy and government planning, no matter what industry you’ve joined.

Create a growth environment for the people around you

Are you investigating their possible post-COVID-19 career move? You’re not alone.

The reality is that many workers are exploring their options, regardless of whether they have been displaced.

To satisfy this interest in professional development, skills in career counseling, training and guidance are of increasing importance in organizations of all sizes.

Advance in your career helping others by adding value to the organization in which you have joined. Therefore, you must acquire the ability to guide others through the changes in the industry.

At first, the postgraduate programs will provide you with the management strategies of your career, the communication skills and high-level advice that you need to apply an ethical and effective practice in the development and evolution of your particular ladder of life, that begins without a doubt in your first job options.

Antonio Alonso, president of the AEEN (Spanish Business School Association) and general secretary of EUPHE (European Union of Private Higher Education).