This short course will give you a better sense of what changes the digital world brings (and has already brought) to working life and what you can do to adapt. After going through it you’ll be able to better recognise all the possibilities you have, skills you can utilise and how to monetise them.
A single violin can sound beautiful, but it can never reach the versatility or the might of a full orchestra. To make an impact and to work at all, an orchestra needs a lot of instruments to play together. Every instrument has their own sound that’s needed, to make the full impact.
An organisation or a work project is no exception.
Many sets of skills are needed to make a business or a project work. Knowing your own skillset and recognising your strengths helps you communicate them more effectively and seek out positions, where you can shine.
In this post – you’ll learn about digitalisation and its effects on working, but most importantly, you’ll learn about your own strengths and how to use them to succeed.
Let’s get started!
Module 1 = Digitalisation – A Threat Or An Opportunity?
Digitalisation – you hear the word everywhere nowadays, but let’s just take a few minutes to clarify, what does digitalisation mean exactly?
By definition, digitalisation is when you use digital technologies to change a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities; it is the process of moving to a digital business. It means email, computers, smart phones, robots, apps, the Internet of Things and much more.
All in all, digitalisation means change. Inevitably it means that some business models and businesses die off – as well as some jobs. Within workplaces, digitalisation and digital technologies are changing job descriptions and working in general.
So – should we rejoice or resist?
Change often means the unknown, which can seem scary.
- Will I be able to learn and adapt?
- Will there be a place for me?
Yes, there will. You’ll not only succeed, you’ll thrive. That is also the possibility digitalisation can open up for you. Anyone with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
The fact is, digitalisation can’t be stopped. It’s here, changing things, and will continue to do so. So resisting won’t work. You have to take the bull by the horns and start leveraging it to build the working life of your dreams.
Module 2 = The Digitalised Workplace
Module 3 = Who Will End Up On Top?
So who will be the winners in this new, changing world? What are the skills needed to succeed in the digital world?
We’ve listed a bunch here:
- Ability to learn
- Time management, life management
- Handling and processing information
- Technical skills – working with machines
- Creative skills
- Analytical skills
- Human skills – social intelligence, self-presentation, connecting with others, sales skills/persuasion, people management, coordinating, collaboration
- Decision making skills
- Emotional intelligence
- Adventurous spirit – willing to try things
When we are moving away from valuing only credentials and formal education and towards valuing skills, the most important qualities are flexibility, adaptability – and the willingness to keep on learning throughout your career.
More flexible jobs and job environments also need flexible workers that are able to adapt to the changing demands. But not only for the employers’ benefit – for themselves, too. Flexible work environments and continuous change also mean less security, in the traditional sense, anyway. That can easily lead to stress and blur the lines between working and free time too much. To shape our careers to be satisfying to us, have a good work-life balance and not sacrifice our livelihood and well-being, we also need some serious skills to manage our life, time and work.
All of us are going to have to continue to adapt, get new skills, and possibly go back for different types of training and credentials. And not every lesson can be learned form books, courses – or even YouTube videos. That’s where the adventurous spirit comes in play.
Module 4 = Know Who You Are To Get An Edge
Module 5 = Exercise – I Rule!
Now we’re going to do a little exercise to help you get started. The purpose of this exercise is to get you warmed up and start thinking about your abilities and expertise in a different way, because even if we don’t see it, all of us know things and can do things others can’t. It’s not always about what courses we’ve taken or what diplomas we’ve got.
- post-its or sheets of paper
- a pen
- a smart phone or similar for taking time to do this exercise
You’ll have 5 minutes to think about and write down what you can do. Come up with as many things as you can and write them down – one per post-it or one per line, if you use a sheet of paper. It can be anything – be as specific as you can – and don’t worry about silliness.
Think about what you think you’re good at, what you love, what you get complimented on by others, etc. Anything.
- Are you done? Great job!
- How long a list did you come up with?
Hopefully you can already begin to see yourself and your skills in a different light. You are full of possibilities!
Module 6 = Selling Your Stuff – How To Know What Sells?
Now you have a bunch of ideas, but how to know, what ideas are the real gold nuggets and money makers?
How to recognise and test killer ideas?
The only way is to just jump in there – to prototype and test as fast and much as you can. You can start by asking yourself:
- Are you excited about the idea?
- Would this be something you’d like to do, if people would buy it?
Because you have to remember – we’re trying to carve out the career of your dreams here, not just find anything that could possibly sell.
If the answer is yes, then start testing:
Prototype and test fast – make even rough prototypes of your products or services to test them out. Web pages are easy to set up and you can take pictures and short videos to present your idea and ask for comments – or orders!
You can ask your friends, different Facebook groups etc. If you have an existing business, you can try out your new idea on your customers by e.g. offering them a discount.
Remember to not to only trust your gut-feeling.
Create measurements beforehand and determine, what would be a good indicator for you to continue with the development of your idea – a certain number of sales within a week? A certain number of likes or inquiries – what?
The important thing is, to just go for it – most likely your every idea won’t be a huge success. I’d even say, if they are, you’re not far enough out of the box!
But from testing, you’ll gain a ton of knowledge and experience and it’ll all help you in developing better business ideas.
Module 7 = Resources: What Tools To Use
Module 8 = Exercise Masterplan
Thank you so much for watching and doing the exercises.
We hope you now have a better understanding about not only what digitalisation means, but also what you can do to utilise the change to design and execute your dream career.
Don’t forget that you are full of possibilities!
The best thing you can do is know yourself and what you want out of your future career – and then act on it, make it happen.
If you’re interested in finding out your Remote Worker Profile to be better equipped to communicate and sell your strengths to your clients or employer, you can find the link to the profiling here: The Remote Worker Profile.
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