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February 17, 2020 at 2:38 pm #85999Participant@yusuf
The journey of computers and technology has been an ever-changing one. In the early years, computers occupied a large space and were slow. Modern computers have shrunk in size, but their performance and usage have experienced great upsurge. In modern households, you can easily spot a computer, as opposed to the early years where only big enterprises were buoyant enough to acquire one.
The fast-paced changes in technology experienced through the years signify the need for adaptability by technology professionals. It is important to note, that adaptability, and learning to always be in demand, is key to staying relevant in the tech space.
The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.
The intelligence of adapting to change is required in this fast-changing technology space. Let’s divert a bit from the technology space. Recall, many have lost their jobs to robots and machines, and in 2030, 40% of the jobs in the US are expected to be taken over by robots according to PWC’s study. This projection by PWC is a stern wake up call for workers to prepare for tomorrow.
Jobs like messengers and town criers have already been displaced by automation. Very soon jobs like Bank tellers, postal couriers, sports referees, and so on, are also expected to be automated. You will agree with me that virtually every industry is witnessing this change, but the scope of this post is professionals in the field of technology.
Some helpful tips are outlined below, to help any technology professional stay relevant.
Keep up with trends and latest happenings
The rate at which things change in the technology space is very fast. With new trends constantly evolving, staying up-to-date can be a hectic task.
Social media is a good place to know the latest happening on any topic. By following tech leaders on your favorite social media platform, you get to know the recent trend and possibly know what will be coming next. Tech news giants like Techcrunch and Mashable are a great place to visit for daily news and happenings in tech. You will need to commit to reading every day, to be aware of what to expect next.
Be in a network, by attending conferences and meetups
Being in a network makes your awareness stronger. If you have been unaware of the trends in your industry, you’ll learn a lot from connecting with others. You will meet like minds who can impact your growth. You can get to meet that co-founder or meet people who can align with you perfectly in ideas and creativity. In networking you don’t only benefit, you also give. You get to be a contributor to your industry, and that is very important for your relevance.
The good way to stay relevant is to be a life-long learner. Undergo training necessary for your growth and productivity. If possible possess a lot of skills and be a distinct professional. Employees with very few skills tend to be more vulnerable to being irrelevant and dumped. The obvious thing required from any technology specialist is, understanding that there’s a lot of learning to do. Staying afloat by acquiring skills is the constant task, that when abandoned can get one sunk.
That’s it, folks. stay in demand. Follow the trends, be in a network, and keep learning.
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