The Advent of Generation Z

The Advent of Generation Z

Summer holidays were joyful when we grew up, we had plethora of activities planned and most activities planned in advance. The idea of freedom had taken its course on the first day of our exams and it reached crescendo right after that last word penned down in the exam hall. That was freedom! We yearned and studied hard for that freedom. That moment of absoluteness. Oh, the activities like early morning jogs, cycling, cricket, etc. Such was the pleasure of imagination!

With time being what it is, the futurist me will only retrospect and cherish those moments of childish joy. Times have changed, we used cycle to travel 10kms and legs to travel 2 kms. The boom in the economic market has changed our lifestyle to unimaginable ease, with it, comes this whole new level of thinking. A thinking that could change the momentum of history and defy the very fabric of the universe.

For my readers who are new to generation Z, these are people who were born in between 1999-2000 who are going shape the future of nation states. The population of generation Z in India especially, estimated to be around 475 million by 2019 which is phenomenal considering we are the second biggest populated country in the world. For all these years, we spoke about population being such a bane to the future of our country, however, with this special case, we are inching towards a bright and prosperous times ahead.

The demographics of our country comes at a time when there is a global paradigm shift in innovation. The millennial’s looked for “what is in it for me” whereas the Gen Z-ers look for solutions as per the problems they personally face. Which in turn takes birth in the form of technology and gadgets. They would frown upon any system that binds them to one particular ideology. They are the ones who would be more open to take risks, try something new and hustle.

We would see a huge inflow of people who would be more interested to take up a contract job than a permanent job. Permanent jobs are boring and tend to curb their creative senses. Taking up a contract job is far more stimulating than the mundaneness of everyday routine which a permanent job conveniently renders.

The year 1497 marks one of the greatest landmarks of world history with Vasco da Gama landing in Calicut, likewise, will Gen Z-ers create that dent in the universe?

Workflexi.in Partners With Kaptco

Kaptco Inception

We had this amazing opportunity to meet up with Kaptco Talent Solutions, a leading contract staffing company in Bangalore today.

Kaptco was founded by Karthikeyan Murugan in the summer of 2010. Although they started off as a company catering to BPO’s, they quickly figured their niche in the telecom products/solutions startup industry. They leveraged their core strengths in this niche and helped at least 4 telecom product/solutions startups scale up to 200-300 people companies.

The learning from that success is was recognizing one’s niche and sticking to it is the go-to thing in today’s world. It is true for individuals as well as organizations. Truth be told, contracting in India is still not matured and contract jobs are still frowned upon. Being mindful about contracting in India and sustaining a business in cut-throat competition is an art by itself.

Kaptco Ideology

Startups typically have limited bootstrapped budgets before getting funding. Thus, hiring the right resources is one of the key challenges any startup faces. That is where Kaptco adds value to businesses. They have a streamlined process of identifying key talent and training them to match business requirements.

Workflexi partnered with Kaptco in the capacity of providing resources on contract who are immediate joiners and qualified, validated job seekers.

Conclusion

Staffing is a zero-sum game, it has to be fast and maintain quality. Clients expect speed, quality and price. Successful vendors/partners like Kaptco help strike the right balance and thereby add a little extra to the seemingly ordinary job of hiring.

Contract Job BPS

Bench insecurity? BPS shows the way!

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Contract jobs are traditionally considered “insecure”. However, how about getting a job at a top tech firm and being put on the ‘bench’ from day one? What if this wait stretches on for more than two weeks? Ofcourse, you are wiling away your time learning new courses and getting into training modules, but then, those won’t be of any use without real-world knowledge. Like how will you work in a team? How will you meet a project deadline? Or how you will get your subordinates to work for you. And importantly, how will you create a product and bring it to market? These experiential insights can never be learnt in any course, which is why your resume will always remain blank. If this is frustrating you no end, perhaps you should get off the bench and sign up with Workflexi.(BPS)

 

What we do here is to get you a fixed term contract job. About 10% get rolled off before or after their contract expires, for various reasons. That means you are out of a contract job even before you have secured your next contract. If you happen to be one of those unfortunate ones, Workflexi will give you one month’s minimum basic pay, so you can either look for a job in the meanwhile (which we will also do), or chase your passion, take a break and come back again with renewed vigour with an all-new job in an all-new project, company or career path.

 

We call this the Basic Pay System or BPS in short. It’s meant to safeguard people who get fired (usually at a 24-hour notice). Agreed, it’s the industry standard and no one can argue for or against it. But it’s depressing news for any person who is handed the pink slip out of the blue. Looking at such a scenario, we came up with BPS. What this means is that whoever signs up with us not only gets a contract job, but their employer can also put them on the BPS scheme and safeguard their contract job. Once they complete atleast six months of employment with the ​company they are pay-rolled with, they automatically become eligible for claiming the basic pay.

 

The ‘bench’ is really going out of style. Who wants to drill holes in a resume and get depressed at the same time. Instead, it’s best to step out and walk into a fixed term contract job that sometimes even offers a better pay than a full-time ​job, depending on your calibre. Therefore, we would advice every jobseeker to get out of this ‘permanent job is the best security’ mindset and embrace a contract job that actually offers much more freedom and the best way to strike that largely elusive work-life balance. Imagine being stuck to a job you don’t like but you are peddling away because you are afraid you will not get a better job or a better pay. It’s this fear of insecurity that compels you to stay in an unhappy job. What’s more, some companies pay you more but also drain you the fastest. Your age begins to show and you think of retiring at 30, when your contract worker counterparts are thinking of staying on till 60. Welcome to the world of permanent jobs. If you don’t like the sight and sound of it, step out of that mindset now, and embrace the future of work: flexi jobs.

 

At Workflexi, we offer all of that and more. In your free time, you could pursue your passions. It could be a crash course in blockchain, crypto currency or AI, or become an adjunct faculty member at a reputable institute or go on a mountain climbing expedition to Ladakh or a cycling trip to Coorg. The world is indeed the limit when you set your sights on finding that effective work-life balance. We are not the usual recruitment agency you will find at every corner. We are your custom lifestyle managers. You decide what you want and we will deliver it to you. It’s that simple. Welcome to Workflexi. Welcome to a whole new world

Bench

6 reasons why contract staffing is better than a ‘bench’

Freshers and seniors make up the ‘bench’. This is a term that indicates employees who are not on any project anytime. They are idling away their time by staying at home, or just swiping in and out of work, or signing up for training and doing courses on Udemy, Coursera and so on. The churn period between being put on a bench and getting deployed on a project can vary from two weeks to even six months or more. The worst part is that out of every ten employees on a bench, one gets fired. In such a scenario, we list why contract or flexi staffing is way better than having a bench for a company. These very reasons should also prompt the bench warmers to sign up with Workflexi for a fixed-term contract job that will make effective use of their time and fill that crucial time gap in their resume.

ZERO BENCH

Companies spend much money in keeping employees on the ‘bench’. They keep giving them a basic salary, and even spend on upskilling or reskilling them. Some of their sales force is deployed to look out for jobs for them. Statistics reveal that big companies like Infosys have nearly 17% of their employees on the bench. That’s nearly 8500 of their total staff strength. And which employee wants to be on the bench the first day of their job? Here is where hiring contract workers resolves all these issues and keeps both the parties happy. The companies don’t have to spend on their bench-warmers and those on the bench can fill the blanks on their resume by being productive at jobs right away. Think of contract staffing as a virtual ‘just-in-time’ bench where there are employees when you need them.

FIRE-PROOF

Workflexi’s ‘basic payment system’ (BPS) takes care of the contract workers who worry about losing their job even before their contract gets over. Statistics reveal that 10% of the employees are asked to go on or before their term ends for various reasons. Here is where enrolling with Workflexi helps. We provide a basic minimum pay for one month (if you’ve worked for a minimum of six months), so you can look for a job, sign up for that certification course you always wanted to but didn’t have the time or just reboot, restart and unwind.

NO REVENUE LEAKAGE

When there are no employees on the bench, there is no revenue leakage of hiring and retraining or upskilling them. Importantly, the workers don’t get bored or feel helpless that their resume is empty. They are being put to use where it matters while the company can focus on its work instead of worrying about hiring and firing.

UTILIZATION RATES

In their annual reports, top IT companies in India have clearly indicated that high employee utilization rates boost productivity and operating margins. With a negligible bench, that margin is only going to shoot up. With most big companies recording 15-20% benches, that is a clear gain in revenues.

MISMATCHED SKILLS

Most employees sit on the bench because their skills don’t match the company’s requirements. This can be because you are a fresher from college or because you fudged your resume or because automation and other new technologies are rendering people jobless, prompting companies to retrain them.

UNCERTAINTY

When you are on the bench doing nothing but getting trained on things that you might or might use in the near future, employees not only get bored but also feel uncertain about their place in the company. Job insecurity hits them hard when the churn period stretches on endlessly. That is the time they realize that the company is not worried about their career growth. With contract staffing and Workflexi’s Basic Pay System, not only is this insecurity taken care of but also puts them at a bargaining position. Some contract employees even get paid 20% more than the regular workers, depending on their expertise and experience. In such a scenario, they are in the driver’s seat who get to choose the companies they want to work with and the projects they prefer. In addition, they get to strike the right work-life balance. They can take on only what they want rather than what they are given by companies if they were full-time employees. They can take breaks between jobs and pursue their various passions or just unwind and get back to work a month later.

AND FINALLY…

In this new world of automation, leave the problem solving to the machines. Focus on problem finding. Bench is a problem and Workflexi is your solution. So what are you waiting for? If you are a bench-warmer or a Company, sign up with us now and say goodbye to the ‘bench’.

Flexi hours

3 Ways To Be More Productive During Flexi Hours

Flexi hours might be the new world order, however, they come with their own set of drawbacks. To begin with, you will be distracted more than ever since all tasks scream for your attention, personal and professional. In addition, you are drawn to those things that appeal to you more than those that need urgent fixing.

 

There is help at hand, though. Just follow these productivity-enhancing tips and you should be able to succeed during flexi working hours.

 

Set your goals

Putting off work by another day, or worse, over the weekend, can be the biggest stumbling block for you. The negative appeal of flexi timing is procrastination. There are surveys that say that 90% of people put off work at least once every single day.

 

To beat postponement, you need to set your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. If that is too far-fetched, just go by weekly scheduling. And remember your ultimate goal. Whenever you think of pushing back certain types of work, ask yourself if it’s taking you towards your weekly or monthly goal or creating hurdles in your career path. If it’s not, then it’s time to get down to work. come what may.

 

Continuous two-way communication

Just because you are not tied to the company physically doesn’t mean you are not free to communicate with them about work. You have to maintain communication with your office through text messages, emails, phone calls (even video calls) to keep up your rapport with colleagues and superiors.

 

Importantly, when you are tackling a personal emergency, please inform them, so they know that you are not reachable around this time, or just to maintain the personal touch that is missing with ‘work from home’ or ‘part-time’ jobs.

 

Schedule your day

Flexi working hours only mean that you can work whenever you want. However, that sentence needs to be rewired into your brain. Flexi hours doesn’t mean postponing work for tomorrow. You have to set your daily work schedule, be it working only in the mornings, or only in the evenings. But set it and stick to it. Develop an office routine and abide by the rules of working.

 

Consider working at home as working from office. The only difference is that you are working when it’s most convenient to you and you are avoiding all the traffic and commuting time. However, whether you are working on your own, or remotely for others, you are still working for somebody at the other end. And there are deadlines for everything. Instead of accumulating all the work on one day, by postponing continuously, you should set down a strict protocol to only postpone if it’s way before schedule. For everything else, the deadline is now.

 

Similarly, don’t keep working at it, blurring the line between personal and professional time. This causes much rift in families, with spouses and children complaining that you are not sparing enough time for them. Make sure, you strike the right work-life balance. One hack here could be dressing formally when you begin to work. It plays on your psyche and has its effect, according to some cognitive scientists. Experiment, discover and become more productive. Your time starts now.

Working mother

6 ways to excel as a working mother

Motherhood is the most wonderful gift that a working woman can ever wish for. However, getting back to work after maternity leave can be quite stressful. But these tips should get you to work out a plan that works just right for you.

 

Develop a relaxing routine

Twenty-four hours is not enough for minding your baby and going to work. However, some careful planning can help you get out of this squeeze. Daily baths before going to bed are perfect for a good night’s sleep and starting your next day with a flourish. Taking walks at night after your dinner are best to give you a breather from work and home. Blogging about your motherhood and work-life balance, either privately or publicly, could work wonders too. You might create a community of others who are going through the same situation. You could even join social media groups of parents and working moms to step into familiar territory to learn, imbibe and grow as a working mom.

 

Beat the morning rush

The way to do this is to plan well in advance and expect the expected. Yes, you read that right. Managing your baby’s growing years means the feeding pattern (from liquids to solids, for example) will change and thereby, the time required for it. Similarly, the throwing up while eating might decrease over time, but when the teeth begin to sprout, the vomiting will be back. Load up on wipes and diapers for every contingency. If you plan for what is to be expected, you should be able to go to sleep early, so you can wake up early. The rest of the morning routine should happen almost like clockwork: getting ready to work, having a quick breakfast, packing your office bag and stepping out to work.

 

Get to know your colleagues

Yes, you’ve known them for years now, but what you don’t know is what you missed in your 12 weeks of maternity leave. Telling them about your state of motherhood might not impress them much unless there are others who are battling the same situation. For everyone else, you could ask them what they were up to while you were gone. This will help you break the ice with them after the three-month gap but also get you up to speed with all things new at the workplace.

 

Speak to your supervisor

It’s important to understand your concerns at work and list them down before meeting your manager. Like taking leave without notice when your baby falls sick, or you taking a course to upgrade your skills. Or talking about what each of you have missed in your personal lives while you were gone, presuming that you have such a friendly rapport with your manager. Importantly, ask your superior if there is something you need to learn, inspect or watch out for to get you to do your work more efficiently.

 

Re-imagine your role at work

When you take a break from work for three months, your priorities could change. You realise you have less time for routine work and more time for specialised jobs that you are uniquely qualified for. Perhaps, you wonder if it’s time to work from home rather than go to work. Or better still, you realise that it’s best to work as a consultant for many firms rather than just one. Therefore, before you decide to rejoin your workplace, ponder over all of this and then decide to take the next step. Well thought is half done.

 

Plan with precision

It’s time to use those to-do lists on your smartphone or the post-its, if you like. Or a diary, if you still believe putting pen to paper to solidify your daily itinerary. Schedule your doctor visits (it will be monthly or even fortnightly at first and later, quarterly) in addition to picking and dropping your baby at day care, if you don’t have your mother or nanny at home. Not to mention, your breastfeeding or more specifically, your pumping sessions. You need to store your milk in a bottle to be given to the baby by the nanny at the daycare or at home if you have someone to look after your baby.

Delegate work

7 Effective Ways to Delegate Work

If you’ve been a good employee and rise up the ranks, you no longer remain a cog in a big wheel. You become an essential part of the wheel itself as the manager, supervisor or team leader. However, management is an art and not all can master it. Here are seven quick ways to delegate work to your subordinates and ensure better productivity, accountability and equality.

Delegate Work

THE BIG PICTURE
Delegating work is not to make the supervisor more lazy. It’s to empower their employees and also make them learn something new. However, mundane tasks also come with the package, so the manager has to delegate tasks in such a way that there’s a good mix of the challenging and mundane. Here is where delegating an entire work load is better than giving small parcels of it. This is true in most startups and quite achievable. However, in bigger organisations, it might not be that easy. In such cases, you can give them micro tasks but involve them with the team that is supervising the overall work, so they get the bigger picture. A person who is made part of the entire story will play a more proactive role, and the quality will be way better compared to work that’s done in isolation.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
No matter how small the task, always make the employee feel important. It may be minor work, but the contribution is major. These small cogs make the big wheel, so once the subordinates are made aware of the size, functionality and scope of the wheel they are reinventing, they will be more driven to realise those goals. A task delegated without a master plan will never be as effective.

ENSURE CLARITY
Most delegated tasks don’t measure up to standards because of one weakness: the lack of proper communication and hand-holding. You have to observe and perhaps even walk through the task with the employee until they know what they are doing. Saying is one thing and doing is another. Your idea of the job could be different from theirs. When you show them, rather than tell, the execution will be that much more closer to what you had in mind.

SHOW THE BIG PICTURE
To ensure your delegated tasks are being done in just the right manner, it’s even more helpful if you show the employee what you are expecting from them. For example, the bank’s firewalls should never be breached again. Or provide an artist’s drawing and tell the mason to replicate the dome design.

AUTOMATE THE REPORTING PROCESS
Nobody likes micro managing. Once you delegate the tasks to your subordinates, make them complete the key milestones of the job at the specified time on a collaborative tool like Google Docs. This way, you can keep a track of the work in progress without asking them every time.

SUCCESS PARAMETER
Once the delegated task is completed, it’s important to go in for a performance appraisal that is free from subjectivity. And this can be achieved if you have a clearly defined checklist that the task has to fulfil. With such a measurable yardstick, nobody can accuse of being too difficult to please.

REWARD
No task should be given without a reward at the end of it. And these need not be monetary all the time. You can acknowledge the subordinate’s work in front of everyone or send a mail cc-ing everyone in the office or you can put it up on the cork board. Or you can give their name in the credit lines, if they played a key role in the corporate film or documentary you produced.
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5 ways to impress potential employers

Your first impression should be your best impression. They all say this but not everybody actually pays real attention to it due to one weakness: laziness. Just because you are in the market for a job doesn’t mean you shouldn’t research the job you are applying for. Half the time, the recruiters are only banishing the resumes to the dust bin for not meeting the basic criteria. Here are five ways to prevent that from happening…

Be the right applicant

Step into the shoes of your employer. Who would you hire? The person who meets your eligibility criteria or any layman who applies for a job? It’s crucial to understand the job specifications before applying for it. Ask yourself one question. Do you qualify? Do you have the degrees and relevant certifications? Do you have the experience? Are you under qualified or over qualified? Once you’ve answered these questions, you can never go wrong with the next company you apply for.

Work on your cover letter

Some don’t send it and some pay the least attention to it. You don’t realize that your cover letter is where you can make the first impression. A letter full of spelling and grammatical mistakes will put off any recruiter. If you are applying online, make sure you space your letter between paragraphs and use a readable font of a reasonable size. Importantly, make sure you answer the one question the recruiter is looking for: how are you best suited for the job. Show qualifications and experience that directly tie in to the job on offer. And always address the recruiter by their second name. Otherwise, ‘Dear sir/madam’ should work.

Customize your resume

One size doesn’t fit all, and this is true of the jobs market as well. This is particularly crucial when you have several qualifications and experiences to write about. No need to have such a laundry list and it’s not necessary to list all your attributes either. All you need to do is take out stuff that doesn’t suit the job and add or keep stuff that is perfect for the job you are applying for. It shows that you have properly researched for the job and it shows you are hard working and dedicated. When you can’t pay attention to customizing your resume, how can you show that you care for the company you are applying for?

Put your best foot forward

We all have our weaknesses. It’s important to talk about your strengths. If you are a fresher, your cover letter and resume can talk about your qualifications, grades and awards won on campus. If you are an experienced person, you could talk about the many milestones you’ve reached in your career before getting down to basics like qualification, experience and so on.

Get the essentials right

Don’t call HR people to ask if they’ve received your resume or ask for directions to their office. You should get that from Google Maps or ask the receptionist. Always give your mobile phone number on the resume, not your landline. Don’t apply for a job that is paying less than what you are currently earning. Stick to the script; don’t expect the company to make an exception for you unless you are ready for a pay cut because it is your dream company. If that is indeed the case, say it in your cover letter to score extra brownie points. Once you do make it to the interview, don’t forget to send a ‘Thank you’ email after it’s over, and perhaps even follow it up with a phone call. Patience, perseverance and good manners always have a market of their own.

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6 skills you need to succeed as a fresher

First impressions count. To make the best impression and to enhance your resume, you need the following skills to get hired. So before you apply for that job, enroll in courses, offline or online, free or paid, that could teach you these skills.

Skills Required

Writing emails

You might not realize the power of email until you write that first letter. Many candidates get rejected because of their sloppy writing, lack of attention to detail and the worst of them all, glaring spelling mistakes. One fashion writer was applying to a publication firm, but she wasn’t hired because she didn’t correctly spell some of the brands she had written for. Some rules of writing emails are as follows. Besides spelling and grammar, keep your communication focused on your skills and what you can do for the company. It doesn’t have to be a laundry list of all your skills. To get your foot in the door of the company you seek, get your cover letter right. Be honest, be straight forward but also be courteous and respectful. And once you get hired, you could still get fired if your business communication is up the pole. Here are the rules. Always thank the colleague or superior for the work or feedback they have given. And then, elaborate on why you did what you did, by presenting the issue logically. And if you’ve erred, apologies first. Never bring your personal angst against someone into your emails, video calls or text chats. These can work against you, sooner or later. Keep your opinion to yourself and to your closed ones. Your ideas could be misunderstood and land you in jeopardy.

Dress well and walk with confidence

Your body language can either get your hired or rejected. To gain that poise, it would be great if you work at events and the many exhibition stalls during various trade expos. Talking to strangers, convincing them about the products, managing events backstage will all give you the real-world experience and confidence you need before you graduate and apply for a job. Some candidates make the mistake of going to interviews without ironing their clothes or dressing too informally.

Computer literacy

If you are not conversant with typing and basic computing skills, you are out of luck. By this we mean, the basic Microsoft word, excel and powerpoint presentations. Any computer institute or even YouTube videos should teach you these. Get to know them while you are still in college or soon after you graduate. Even if you’ve learnt the basics at school and college, it helps to go in for a professional course and learn the many ways to use excel because the subject is vast and there are many uses of it that will come in handy when you join a company. These skills aside, what you need are good organisational skills. It’s these virtual bookkeeping skills that will help you when you are recording every conversation with a particular client, department or employee. Documentation and analysis is the backbone of every organisation. If you excel at this, it can make you an asset to the company.

Be knowledgeable

Learn to be diligent in researching everything abbot the company, client or brand that you are working with. This requires you to deep dive into search engines and extract credible information that can be useful for all the work you are doing. You should also get to know what the competitors are up to, so you have a better handle on things when the client asks you about them. You have to be thorough in your job and leave nothing to chance.

Manage your time

It’s easy to get thrown into a job and lose track of time. Here is where it’s important to prioritize your work before you begin your day. Some people come half an hour early to work just to sort out this mess. Clean up your emails, list things in the hierarchy of importance and line up meetings a day in advance and so on. Prioritizing will help you manage time and also teach you discipline and the important of deadlines. When you promise to deliver something, make sure you are either on time or before time to impress your boss.

Gift of the gab

Many people join Toastmasters Club just for this reason. They want to walk and talk with confidence and poise. You may not be grammatically accurate and you may not even be pronouncing things right, but if you convey your message effectively, you are hired. And this goes for telephone conversations as well. Learn to be polite, courteous and helpful all the time. Always try to go the extra mile and your hard work will never go unnoticed.

Good luck!

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8 future-proof contract jobs

We live in uncertain times. The speed with which information spreads is unimaginable. What takes off today arrives yesterday. What you see as trending today is stale tomorrow. And yet, there are certain jobs that have stood the test of time and will continue to do well in the future.

Product designers

The world wasn’t built in a day. It has never been built fully yet, and never will be. Things keep getting broken down to make way for something new. And here is where product designers play a huge role in shaping the future. We are talking about product designers who will make life easy for us, be it automobiles, smartphones, consumer goods and just about any material that you can buy for a fee. They can never be replaced by machines, because they lack one thing that humans have in abundance: creativity.

Sales & marketing

This is one field that knows no recession. However, just the gift of the gab won’t do. You need to know all about online sales, the newer business models, digital marketing, and mobile advertising, among others.

Data analytics

The fourth industrial revolution is all about tech and more tech. Automation will be the key driver that will throw many clerical and manual workers out of their jobs. But there is one field that will be rich with possibilities for job seekers. With so many algorithms doing the job of crunching data, there is the need for qualified personnel who can sift through the information minefield and make sense of it. According to a 2016 report by the World Economic Forum, 5 million jobs will be lost to automation, but there is the positive side to it too. There will be 2 million jobs that will be created because of automation like artificial intelligence and robotics. And here is where data analysts will hog the limelight.

Management

This is yet another field that has an evergreen demand. Even the most talented people need good managers. Without them, no organisation can prosper. And this will be particularly true when organisations undergo transitions during mergers and acquisitions or adopt a major change in strategy. Some of the fields that will see the most disruption include the information, entertainment and media industries.

Reskilling specialists and HR personnel

What happens to the existing workforce in times of change? Here is where organisations will need reskilling specialists who will retrain existing employees to remain employable. Since they already know the organisation well and are a good culture fit, upgrading their skills will not only be economical for the company but also a big boon for the aging workforce.

Legal experts

So long as there are laws, there are lawyers. This is one field, just like healthcare, that knows no recession. Different countries have different rules and regulations. It will become even more important for multinationals to hire legal eagles who can help them set up, scale and establish their operations worldwide. With technology dominating the landscape, there are cries over privacy that threaten to shut down companies. In such a scenario, it’s important to have lawyers who can navigate the company through this ever-shifting legal maze created by technology.

Architects and engineers

Yes, this tribe will continue to thrive. If we are talking about building smart cities, these are the people who will design and execute those projects. Without them, nothing can move. However, more emphasis will be in the following areas: robotics, nanotechnology and biochemicals.

IT and mathematicians

Without doubt, IT rocks and will continue to rock for the next decade at least. It’s the age of IT and therefore, the role of programmers, information security architects and software developers will only rise as time goes on. These are red-hot professions, but there are many areas of specialties you can choose from. We would urge you to pick what works for your talent, temperament and need. We can only say that anything you do in the field of artificial intelligence, energy and biotech will earn you major dividends.

One last thing. Good luck!