What is future proofing and how can it benefit you?

By Zoe Taylor

In a society that is becoming more technologically driven with ever passing hour, it’s important that you keep up with the latest innovations. It’s vital to your success in any industry.

Future proofing is the process of anticipating the future and developing methods of minimizing the effects of stress and confusion in regards to developments in technology and the industry you’re striving towards.

You’ll already be seeing requirements in job ads such as ‘must be proficient in Microsoft Office’ or ‘must have a strong knowledge of various Customer Relations Management programs’.

This is because in a fast-paced work environment, managers and trainers don’t have the time to teach you the ins and outs of such software – and anyone with a computer or who has worked in an office environment is expected know basic everyday software, especially Microsoft Office!

If you’re constantly researching and developing skills in the most prominent software and technology in your field of choice, you’ll have a much better chance of securing your dream job than someone who isn’t.

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It’s also important to ensure that your field of choice isn’t a dying trade. Do your research before you set your sights on a particular career – it can really help you in the long run.

It helps to be a fast learner too, and to speed up your learning abilities you should practise learning different softwares by watching tutorials on YouTube or reading step-by-step instructions. Most softwares have free trials that you can utilise to brush up on both your learning skills and knowledge of the software.

Practising at home using online tutorials will help you to simulate a fast-paced work environment in which you’ll be taught how to use certain softwares in the least amount of time possible.

If you’re phased by the rapid change and development of technology, you’re not alone! Change is a scary thing to a lot of people. The best thing to do in this case is talk to those around you about your uncertainty – whether they be your friends, family or work colleagues.

They might feel the same way as you, and end up being someone you can work with towards a broader understanding on developments in technologies. Alternatively, they could help you with your uncertainty and teach you the skills required to keep up with the rapid changes and even show you how to use certain programs and equipment.

For help in finding the right career path for you, or for useful tips on areas including studying and finding success, call 1800 143 080 or visit www2.collegesonline.com.au/mycareer to contact one of our friendly career advisors!

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