10 skills that engineers should watch for in 2021

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Flexibility in terms of adjusting to an ever-evolving environment is the need of the hour.
  • Communication is a skill that we are born with yet it may take a lifetime to hone it to perfection.
  • Getting adept in technical skills such as blockchain and cloud computing can boost your career trajectory like no other.

By now, we are all more attuned to embracing a new work culture. A workspace where an employee logs in from a remote location, far away from his office premises. Or an environment that enables an employee to run errands, allowing flexibility of working hours. We are also not distant from an era where remote hirings and onboarding might be the only reality.

Having said that, the futuristic organizations will all be digital immigrants, if not digital natives. The talent they would want to impanel will be holistic, well-versed with the new-age technical and soft skills. We all know, having an updated skill set simplifies the journey in times of crisis. This is what 2020 has been all about. IT skills are likely to remain a buzzword in the upcoming year as well.

Here are some of the future skills that engineers should watch out for.

10 skills that engineers should watch for in 2021

1. Adaptability

Because the pandemic is going to change how workspaces will operate in the future, newer solutions will make the way for newer technologies. Flexibility in terms of adjusting to an ever-evolving environment is the need of the hour. As much as we emphasise agility or nimbleness here, resilience under stressful circumstances holds an equal weightage.

2. Communication

Communication is a skill that we are born with yet it may take a lifetime to hone it to perfection. Have you ever noticed how we follow different styles of communication in our professional and personal circles? For instance, the moment a person begins his professional career, the otherwise spontaneous personality takes a back seat as they do not want to use words that may ‘appear unparliamentary’ to the house.

The pandemic sky-rocketed this challenge to another level. With constant video and voice communication taking place, people have struggled to put forth their ideas effectively in varying modes.

According to a Bridgelabz survey, approx 90% of the engineering job seekers would like to train themselves in Business Communication, while 81% consider it as a must-have skill. Right communication can ‘do the talking’ for you. Seriously.

 

3. Technical Skills

Although soft skills are gaining traction at a rapid pace, we haven’t yet encountered a person who is surviving without any technical or domain skills.

Digital is the way forward. All sectors, be it pharma, real estate, education, gaming, or any other industry that you can think of is deploying technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, deep learning, Internet of Things (IoT), AR and VR, etc. to either tide through the disturbances or reach out to a broader audience in one go.

Getting adept in technical skills such as blockchain and cloud computing can boost your career trajectory like no other.

 

4. Continuous Learning

It is in continuation to the previous point, or say, complements it. No matter how technologically advanced you think you are, there will always be a scope for an upgrade in your craft.

A digital marketer may like to upskill for a new social media platform or a coder with a certification in AI may want to dive deeper and specialise in Natural Language Processing (NLP). Upskilling is the only constant if you want to future-proof your portfolio.

 

5. Creativity

Simple solutions are often complex and may require a highly innovative mind to get things moving. Unique, industry-first ideas, thinking outside the box to create solutions, or simply streamlining processes call for creativity and inquisitiveness.

Today, the ability to color outside the lines is anything but desirable. A brain that not only questions but also capable of finding resolutions is welcome in any organisation.

 

6. Data Literacy

Data is no less than divinity for many organizations in the present world. It drives analytics and marketing function, more so, in the post-pandemic world where customer behavior and preferences are somewhat unknown. Here, data can give actionable insights to the organization to carve out their marketing campaigns or design a product as per the evolved audience.

Data means having access to numbers and trends that help companies stay abreast of their competitors in knowing the market pulse. Those skilled at drawing context from data will be better equipped to getting attention from hiring managers.

 

7. Collaborations

Organisations are reaping the benefits of teleworking in terms of increased output, prolonged working hours, reduced electricity consumption, rental bills, and other amenities that would otherwise cost them a bomb.

So teamwork and virtual collaborations are not going anywhere soon. In such a scenario, the ability to conjoin synergies with your dispersed teammates to reach a common goal is one of the best skills to have on your resume.