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These are the skills you need to be a success now and in the future

14 Jul 2017

From prepping you for your next interview to prepping you for the future of work, we’ve got you covered.

Whether you’re applying for your first job or looking to upskill, there are certain key traits you will need.

This week, we focused on these traits and skills to help you land your dream job, reset your morning routine to become more productive, and basically win at life.

Future Human

How good is your morning routine, really? Do you spring out of bed and begin a smooth process that gets you to work bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? Thought not.

Don’t feel bad, you’re not alone. We’re all guilty of hitting snooze five times as we ponder over what we should wear and scramble our personal effects together before heading to work.

However, TEDx speaker Ben Butler may have cracked the code to building a better morning for a more successful day.

For the jobseekers among you, we know how scary job interviews can be, so we have expert tips from Hays Recruitment on how to calm those nerves and show off your best self.

Speaking of your best self, how well are you selling your soft skills to recruiters? Don’t wave them off, because surveys show they are often more valued than hard skills.

If you’re looking for work right now, more than 400 jobs were announced around Ireland this week, with companies hiring in a variety of roles, from engineering and DevOps to sales and finance.

While practical, short-term advice is important, it would be remiss of us to not look to the future when it comes to careers.

The future of work is a hot topic among thought leaders and we gleaned some of the essential thoughts and takeaways from the ‘How We Will Work in 2020’ panel at Inspirefest 2017.

We also looked further afield at Canada’s movements when it comes to snapping up top tech talent.

The tech industry is still facing a skills shortage, and education might be the reason. Jerry Kennelly, a highly successful entrepreneur spoke at the Ludgate Hub recently and said that Irish graduates were not job-ready when leaving third-level education.

Additionally, PwC’s recent digital skills survey showed that a lack of skills is derailing one in two digital projects in Ireland.

While this news might send tech recruiters into a panic, there is still help at hand. Code Institute’s Brian O’Grady shared his tips for hiring the best developers, even in the midst of the tech talent crisis.

We also looked into how the Teen-Turn initiative will help the skills gap in the future by introducing more young girls to the world of tech in the form of work placements.

As always, for more on any of these stories, follow the links below.

1. How to build a better morning routine

How you get up in the morning is crucial to how the rest of your day could go. What if you could retrain yourself to have a better morning routine? Ben Butler has some advice.

2. How to calm your nerves before a job interview

Have you got a job interview coming up? Don’t let your nerves get the better of you. Jane McNeill of Hays Recruitment is here to help you stay cool, calm and collected.

3. Want to land your dream job? Show off your softer side

When you’re applying for jobs, how can you prove you’re the best candidate? The secret is to emphasise your soft skills rather than your hard, technical ones.

4. 6 online data science courses to launch your career

Want to be a data scientist? Third-level institutions and full-time education aren’t the only way you can learn essential data science skills.

5. How will we work in 2020 and beyond?

From robots taking jobs to humans becoming over-productive, we looked at some of the major trends facing us in the future of work.

6. Are Irish software graduates lagging behind their international rivals?

Is the Irish education system failing industries such as IT? According to one of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs, yes.

7. Teen-Turn: How companies are bringing more women into STEM

Now in its second year, Teen-Turn is hoping to further bridge the gender gap and introduce young women to a career in tech.

8. Canada attracts top talent with swift visa processes

While the US cracks down on the number of immigrants with work visas, Canada is using the opportunity to lure top talent.

9. What is it like to work at the Dublin office of PTC?

While PTC has a history spanning 30 years, its Dublin office is relatively new. So, what does a working day look like there?

10. ‘Cybersecurity is a never-ending game of cat and mouse’

Cybersecurity seems to have a never-ending talent gap, but exciting career possibilities still await.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the deputy editor of Silicon Republic in 2020, having worked as the careers editor until June 2019. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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