The new ‘hybridisation’ of jobs is transforming traditional roles; the most in-demand and highest paid roles increasingly requiring a variety of skills, across multiple disciplines. The rise of today’s ‘hybrid’ job presents opportunity for all, but chiefly for those who can keep up, ready to equip themselves with the broad range of skills to succeed. Evidence of change is everywhere you look. Marketing and PR roles today require not just creativity, but a greater understanding of analytics and digital. Similarly, highly analytic jobs, in science or finance for example, already require skills in consulting, visual communications and the ever-important, creative thinking.
Of course, a great set of results and solid subject knowledge are prerequisites for most careers, but don’t underestimate the value of some very human traits. Being interested and interesting, able to ask questions and crucially, knowing which questions to ask, will stand you in good stead at interview and in the workplace. Be curious and open-minded. The ability to innovate, to think critically and to problem-solve are hugely valuable skills that we teach in school, and that we know employers are crying out for. Leadership and teamwork skills are vote winners in any business, but so is the ability to bounce back when things don’t go according to plan.