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AI and automation are redefining skill longevity

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AI is rapidly changing the skills needed to stay employed. Learn how to future-proof your career with continuous learning and adaptability.

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Remember those days when a skill could stay relevant for a decade? Those days are gone. Technological advancements are happening so quickly that the “half-life” of a skill (the time it takes for its value to decrease by half) is shrinking dramatically. This is especially true in digital and AI-related fields, where skills can become outdated in as little as two years!

AI is a major driver of this skill shift. As AI infiltrates more and more industries, it’s creating a demand for a workforce that’s comfortable with technology and adaptable to its rapid evolution. This means continuous learning is crucial for everyone, from those who build AI to those who use it.

The job market shuffle: Gaps and opportunities

The impact of AI on the job market is undeniable. It’s creating a talent gap, with 77% of employers struggling to fill open positions due to a lack of qualified candidates. This shortage isn’t just about having enough people – it’s about having people with the right skills. While AI automates some jobs, it also creates new ones. The key is to be prepared to adapt and learn new things.

What HR can do to keep your business ahead

HR departments are leading the way in this skills revolution. By building a “skills-based organization,” they can change the course. This involves making skills visible within the company and leveraging that information to gain a competitive edge.

Here’s how HR can step up:

  • Create pathways for growth: Make it easy for employees to learn and develop new skills. This could involve offering training programs, mentoring opportunities, or even encouraging cross-functional collaboration.
  • Embrace agility: Be prepared to move quickly when it comes to talent. This could mean being able to redeploy talent to new roles or adjust skillsets based on changing business needs.
  • Data-driven decisions: Use data to make informed decisions about your workforce. This information can be used to identify skills gaps and ultimately future-proof your company.
  • Embrace diversity and inclusion: Don’t miss out on hidden talent. By creating a culture of inclusivity, you can ensure you have a workforce that’s diverse and adaptable.

Future-proofing your skills

So, what can you do as an individual to stay ahead of the curve? Here are a few tips:

  • Stay curious: Be open to learning new things and embrace a growth mindset. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and try new things.
  • Seek out learning opportunities: Take advantage of training programs, online courses, or even just reading industry publications.
  • Network with others: Connect with colleagues and mentors in your field.

By taking these steps, you can ensure that your skills remain relevant and valuable, no matter what the future holds.

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