We live in a world that is changing faster than ever before. Employability and lifelong learning are buzzwords of the Millennials born in the mid-1990s to early 2000s and not terms you’ve heard from your parents. “Survival of the fittest” is the oldest law of evolution. It means that those who are best adapted to their environment have the best chance of survival.
Transition and adaption
While people in industrialized countries no longer have to fight for their survival there are still people in the world that have to do that. Both need to be market fit however. For everyone’s well-being, it is important to be financially secure. Therefore, there is a competition of perfect adaptation for most people of the working world.
Employability means that you are attractive to employers on the job market through relevant skills and abilities, even if the world of work is changing. With the VUCA concept the modern world is summarized with four words: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity. Companies align their strategies accordingly.
Contracts for example are increasingly limited in time in order to flexibly exchange staff as needed and not have long term obligations. Freelancing is growing at a very high rate as well. The more attractive we are in our skills, the higher the likelihood that we can keep our job or at least have a good chance of finding a new job.
What should people do for their employability
Maintaining an attractive set of skills, readiness for lifelong learning and flexible responses to the changing labor market situation are the crucial points to mention. Education is important without a doubt. Making the right decisions for your personal education will contribute significantly to your employability.
In times of VUCA, requirements in the application process are also changing. Degrees and grades are becoming less important. Getting another university degree doesn’t need to be the best for an individual and can even be worse for the employability. I am convinced that much of the gap between the best adapted people and the worst is explained by decisions people make for their education.
In my next article I will write more about how to learn efficiently in today’s world. I highly suggest you to download the LearnX app and subscribe to the LearnX newsletter to stay updated because one goal of LearnX is exactly what I was writing about in this article: To improve the employability of people.
If you make the right decisions for your education you will put yourself on the winner side in the years to come.