Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the CEO of an up-and-coming tech startup, Poodle Jumper. Our company provides on-demand care for pets, allowing pet owners to ensure their furry family members are taken care of when they aren’t able to be home. We partner with local services to provide transportation, exercise, feeding, and grooming.
We are an early-stage startup that launched two months ago. We have a small but dedicated team that is working to develop the tools our customers and service partners need. To be competitive with limited resources, we’ve prioritized hiring individuals with the right skills, but it may surprise you that they aren’t all technology-related. When evaluating our employee performance, we found that technical knowledge didn’t always add up to an effective employee. So, we leverage the 10 Skills of the 21st Century created by Strayer University and Capella University in partnership with top employers, business leaders, and recruiters. These skills are critical to performing your best—not just in IT, but across all industries.
As people become more and more connected, workplaces are spreading out, with teams working in different parts of the world. Instead of staying at one company or even working in one field, people are more willing to change gears and enter entirely different professions. According to LinkedIn, the average millennial changes jobs four times before the age of 32 (Long, 4). These skills will help future-proof your career no matter what industry you work in.
You may already feel confident with some of these skills. That’s great news! It’s normal to feel stronger in some skills than others. How you feel about a skill can change over time, depending on the project, task, or job you face.
Not every role needs the same performance for every skill, but a well-rounded skill set is critical for being an effective employee anywhere. Many people are surprised to learn that previous experience with a particular technology isn’t required for every IT position. At Poodle Jumper, we value a candidate’s mindset more than their experience because taking initiative, adapting to change, and having a problem-solving attitude is important for being a good team member. The majority of people in IT spend a good portion of their time in meetings and collaborating, so communication, relationship building, self, and social awareness are important for being successful. Technology evolves quickly, so it’s never too late to join the team and learn with us.
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Source: Long, H. (2016). The New Normal: 4 Job Changes by the Time You're 32. Retrieved from https://money.cnn.com/2016/04/12/news/economy/millennials-change-jobs-frequently/index.html