The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on lives and livelihoods. But no other ‘black swan’ has brought about so many irreversible changes to how businesses operate to stay afloat and how people work in sync with unpredictable times. The current wave of digitization and automation is but the tip of the iceberg. While traditional, low-skill or resource-intensive jobs are made redundant to speed up processes and minimize operational costs, agile companies (both startups and big corporate houses) make it a point to hire for dynamic roles covering many specialties.
In brief, the future of work will be tech-driven and extremely non-linear in an increasingly networked world. And multiskilled professionals with a long-term understanding of things are likely to succeed in this new normal.
Take, for example, how the role of a backend developer is evolving. These tech professionals are now expected to have a fair understanding of the front end, UI and UX (user interface and user experience design) to be precise, for holistic product development. Similarly, a full-stack developer with some experience in automation is given preference as the world moves towards AI and ML-driven smart work and the Internet of Everything (IoE). Looking at this bigger picture, it is not difficult to understand why today’s workforce needs to learn multiple coding languages and agile methodologies to generate value across changing work environments.