Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.
Society is at a tipping point. We have recently gone through the Covid-19 pandemic and it’s still unclear if this pandemic is winding down or not. One major change brought on by the last few months has been the number of companies that made the switch to remote work. This transition exposed the workforce to disruption by showing companies which jobs at their organizations were capable of adapting and which weren’t.
More technical careers, such as engineering, were expected to have hiccups due to remote work, but clerical jobs and traditional jobs have seen heavy disruption amidst this pandemic. Whether you are in one of these career paths or simply trying to see what the future has in store for the workforce, looking at the most prominent skills today that will be useful in that future can give you an edge over others looking for jobs. Without further ado, here are three skills that will be applicable to the future of remote work:
Coding, Coding, and More Coding
Undoubtedly, one of the single most important skills for the future of work is coding. There are a number of coding languages that have been developed, but coding as a general skill is an incredible tool in any employees’ toolbox. Previously, coding was only offered to computer science majors in college, but courses are now offered to arts and sciences students, as well as business students.
Front End, Back End, or Full Stack Development
On the topic of web development, one of the most prominent skills for the future of work is any profession in that field. Generally speaking, there are three types of web developers: front end, back end, and full stack developers. Front end developers focus on building the parts of a website that a consumer may interact with, such as the headers and clickable features.
A back end developer focuses more on building the actual code or programs used to launch the website itself. However, a full stack developer is likely the most skilled of all web developers considering they do the job functions of both front and back end developers. Therefore, pursuing the skills needed to become a full stack developer may be the best choice for someone looking at a career that will succeed in the future of work.
Anything to Do With Data
While it may not be specific, anything to do with data will be heavily applicable in the future of work. We very much live in a digital world and the amount of data circulating the Internet is only set to increase. Therefore, developing the skills needed to sort through this vast amount of data could land you an interesting job in the future of remote work.
Developing the skills needed to become a data scientist may be in your best interest if the above sounded interesting to you. Data scientists sort through data and convert it into meaningful information that companies can use to make business decisions. Consider attending a trade school near you today to pick up the skills required to launch this career path.
There are multiple benefits to determining which skills are going to be applicable to the future of work. Most importantly, however, you need to get out and obtain those skills after identifying them. Don’t simply acknowledge the skills you don’t have, assuming you don’t have them, when you can take the steps needed to learn those skills. With a large number of companies considering staying remote for the foreseeable future, it’s clear that the workforce is changing in new and drastic ways. Stay ahead of these changes and make a name for yourself in the future of work.