There’s no doubt the job market is changing. Gone are the days where a single degree landed you the ‘job of your dreams’ and all you had to do was work hard, to advance in the company.
Today’s employers are looking for ‘well-rounded’ employees who have key skills across different areas , all of which can be combined to perform a multitude of different tasks.
Sounds like employers are looking for a ‘jack-of-all-trades’, right? Wrong.
The term ‘jack-of-all-trades’ implies you can do a number of different things, but are not particularly skilled at any of them. Today’s employers will overlook ‘jacks’ and ‘jills’ of all trades and will instead focus on a new breed of employee — the hybrid employee.
What is a hybrid employee?
The term hybrid is usually used when referring to genetics, particularly when it comes to breeding plants and animals. It involves combining different genetic material, or different components to form a new breed.
As the term suggests, a hybrid employee is someone who has a multitude of skills (as opposed to experience), that can be applied in a workplace. A hybrid employee is far from a ‘jack-of-all-trades’.
While technical skills are highly desirable, and in fact almost mandatory, more and more employers are looking for those who are skilled in both technology and ‘people skills’.
What do employers want?
A labour market analysis commissioned by Bentley University in Massachusetts, USA examined 24.5 million job listings, from September 2014 to August 2015. Researchers analysed key jobs and skills across nine industries. They found that employers want employees who possess ‘hard’ skills, such as database technology, combined with ‘softer’ skills such as communication and collaboration.
Based on this data analysis, 2016 is being dubbed ‘the year of the hybrid job’. Clearly employees need to be versatile and dynamic.
Being proficient in technology and data is becoming increasingly important to the success of businesses. But it’s no longer enough to understand data. Employers are looking for staff who can compile, interpret and apply data to their role and the company more broadly. This application requires collaborating with others and being able to work as part of a team.
What does this mean for today’s graduates?
As more hybrid jobs are created, employers will be seeking employees who can combine an ability to communicate and collaborate, with the hard, technical skills that the ‘tech savvy’ group traditionally held.
Experts believe tomorrow’s employees need to evolve and be able to integrate traditional ‘arts’ strengths with professional technical skills. And the only way to do this is for graduates to immerse themselves in courses that provide three key elements:
- a thematic study across disciplines
- project-based learning
- experiential (on-the-job) training opportunities
Employment experts believe that changing the way student learn will equip them for the ever-changing dynamic of industry. In essence, this means hybridising courses of study.
Which courses will help me
To accommodate this changing landscape in higher education, more and more schools are finding creative ways to integrate these highly-sought after skills into their courses. Learning a combination of skills will give you the edge in today’s job market.
While technical skills are a bare minimum, it’s the ‘people skills’ and the personality traits you bring to the job that will make the difference.
In this course, you will learn how to be competent in business analysis and project work. This is especially important in developing your skills in time management as well as working in a constantly changing environment. Most Advanced diplomas in Project Management include a strong IT component, which is an integral part of modern-day project management practices.
Typical career outcomes include:
- Project Manager
- Business Analyst
- Business Consultant
This will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage business specific strategy for the analysis, implantation and integration of Information and Communication Technologies.
Typical career outcomes include:
- Information Systems Manager
- Information Technology Director
- IT Test Engineers
- Sotware Programmer
- Senior Infrastructure Delivery Manager
- Database and System Administrator
- Information Technology Manager
- Service Delivery Manager
As the hybrid job market continues to grow, the best thing you can do is to commit to ensuring your skill set remains relevant. Continually building new competencies based on the needs of the market will position you for long-term career success.