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Tuesday, July 09, 2019

How lifelong learning will land you a career you love | Careers - The Guardian

Sabrina Faramarzi, freelance journalist and cultural trends researcher insist, In a jobs market where technical know-how trumps experience, the ability to pick up new skills fast is essential.

Attending networking events and keeping the details of contacts is essential for career-seekers.
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When it comes to what makes someone employable, there are some universal pieces of advice you just can’t afford to ignore – get an education, work hard, be nice to your colleagues. However, in a fast-changing landscape that has been changed by technology and the digital world, it seems that the list of things required to be “employable” just keeps getting longer and longer. “It’s not just about looking at all the current skills needed now, but also looking at all of the skills that will be needed in the future,” says Richard Gahagan, founder of Adam Recruitment...

But what does it really mean to be employable? “At its core, it means possessing hard skills, soft skills, and commercial awareness. What has dramatically changed is how one goes about developing those,” says Tommaso Dolfi from Pathfinder, a platform that helps people plan their careers and figure out what professions or industries best suit them. “To become employable, we must embark on a lifelong learning experience and embrace the ongoing development of skills.” Pathfinder uses psychometric testing – a sort of personal quiz that measures a person’s suitability for a role by assessing their mental capabilities and personalities – to help its users figure out the best career for them. Many companies are now using psychometric testing in their recruitment processes, but others are rapidly adopting new technologies to make the recruitment process more rigorous and streamlined.
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Source: The Guardian