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It’s Not a Time of Change, But a Change of Time

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Our mission at IE Talent & Careers is to prepare IE University students for what is happening now in the world of work—and for what the future holds.

So, what is going on right now? The past couple of years have led to a significant shift in the professional world, for companies and employees alike. While people are now looking to revamp their lives in pursuit of a greater sense of joy and freedom, organizations have had to reinvent their operations to adapt to the new reality and future-proof their business models. 

And what does the future hold? Research suggests that post-pandemic, 97% of organizations have planned significant transformations for 2022. Increasing innovation, improving customer experience, incorporating more digital ways of working, streamlining operations and reskilling the workforce are all among the top ten imperatives driving their transformation agendas.

With 2022 appearing to be the year that will mark change, we invite students to reflect on what will help their career exploration in an adjusted reality. We want to center this reflection around three essential building blocks of the professional world: People, Processes, and Platforms. 

PEOPLE

Employees are expected to transition seamlessly between online and offline worlds in new hybrid workplaces. As well as redefining the boundaries between our personal life and our workspace, remote working demands a greater deal of autonomy and flexibility. In terms of recruitment, geography no longer holds us back when searching for talent. Having the right people working on the right projects has proven to be far more important than their physical location. 

As a consequence, even mid-sized organizations are open to having employees in different time zones. One potential drawback, however, is that it can be challenging to foster a corporate culture when the workforce is more dispersed. For professionals, this also presents a new context for seeking and starting new work.

Think of what would facilitate your integration process and ensure that an organization’s  values match your own before joining.

PROCESSES

The need for synchronization between teams and departments has never been greater. Just like in a jazz band, modern professionals need to be able to perform independently while ensuring they are playing a melody that works in harmony with the rest of the organization. But in today’s complex business environment, you would rarely have a full musical score to help you face the challenges that may come your way.

Thus, collaboration is essential when it comes to hybrid teams. From shared calendars and to-do lists to co-creation boards, everything is possible when people are not restricted by physical spaces. The end results are increased innovation and greater cross-functional synergy.

Think of what you need to do today to step up your teamwork and digital collaboration skills.

 

PLATFORMS

Perhaps changes are most evident on the technological front, where new digital infrastructures have become essential for hybrid workplaces. Office spaces need to be both efficient and flexible, and a secure and reliable connection is often taken for granted. At the same time, analytical tools are becoming the norm for business decision-making processes, thus putting extra pressure on technological advancement—or tech literacy at the very least. Hard skills such as programming, analytics and digital marketing are often required, as well as traditionally sought-after soft skills like emotional intelligence, adaptability and creativity. 

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Identify those in-demand skills in your field, and think of ways you can acquire them. 

 

 


 

Each day, we strive to build a community of innovative, driven individuals. Thanks to the incorporation of liquid learning into all our programs, our humanistic view of technology and the core diversity of our institution, IE University is able to train well-rounded and highly skilled professionals. 

It is our further responsibility as Talent & Careers to make sure that our students have the right mindset when launching their careers. Faced with a new era, the right mindset starts with the ability to ask oneself the right questions.