In 2020, 35% of the skills considered important today will have changed, according to The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report.
That’s only two years away, and is why constant upskilling is vital for career success.
As Darwin famously said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”
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I recently interviewed an inspiring young career woman, Lebogang Madise, for the Sunday Times. Lebogang is Microsoft’s Partner Field Marketing & Readiness Manager, a GirlCode board member and IEEE Region 8 Student Branch Coordinator, overseeing 56 countries in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.
Lebogang has no formal engineering degree, but owes her success to a ferocious appetite for learning. As a student she taught herself how to code when Windows Phone landed in South Africa. She went through a set of tutorials issued on campus, and volunteered to teach others how to develop mobile apps for the platform. She was motivated to continue learning so she could continue teaching. “I told myself the only way to stay relevant is to stay one step ahead,” says Lebogang.
This enabled her to secure a position at Microsoft’s Student to Business internship programme and she quickly climbed the ranks. “We are living in a time where one needs to continuously upskill themselves and not only consume acquired knowledge, but question it. Some of the most sought after tech jobs today didn’t exist four years ago, even corporates have adapted to keep up with the change,” says Lebogang.
Both reads help you make changes in your professional life. Most of the time our own biggest obstacle is ourselves.
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