It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. —Charles Darwin
Since the invention of Computers, there has been tremendous growth in technology. Though we all have experienced how today’s latest technology becomes obsolete in a year or two, the trend has changed now. New technologies are emerging even faster these days. With inventions in Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and other fields, people working in the IT sector are wondering ‘Are my skills enough to keep my job?’ Even though upskilling is important in every field, it becomes crucial in Information Technology.
Why is career Agility all the more important than before? How innovations in technology affect all the industries and thus all the job profiles? Let us try to understand this. It’s a very simple fact that any business has to update itself to attract new customers and keep existing customers happy. Let us look at what happened to the education industry during covid. When everything was moved from classroom to zoom sessions the teachers and students had to adapt to the new way of learning. Similarly every product has to upgrade itself to the latest technology. Else people will discard the outdated products and buy new ones with the latest technology. It can be a cell phone or choosing a medical service provider. Thus all industries have to adapt themselves to the new changes and thus their employees need to be trained in that regard. But most of these changes originate from the IT industry. Thus there is more pressure on IT employees to keep their learning spirits high.
Career agility refers to one’s ability to keep pace with the demands of the modern business landscape. Employees who are agile in both mindset and skills are considered to have a greater ability in adapting to new roles, changing work environments, and business demands.
Employees who excel at career agility can more easily or fluidly move into new positions where their skills translate from one role to another.
Instead of asking ‘where do you see yourself in the next five years?’ employers should ask ‘give me an example of a time when you realized your skills do not meet the demands of the project at hand and you decided to upskill yourself? In today’s workplace, the concept of agility is everywhere. You can see it in a variety of situations including agile thinking, agile marketing, agile software development, leadership agility, learning agility, and many more.
Now it’s time for you to think how Agile you are when it comes to shaping your career? Are there any roadblocks to become agile? You can discuss with our career experts how to make your career more agile? Book an appointment for a free consultation today. Click here.