Navigating the Changing Job Market in the Post-COVID world

Research shows that it is possible to help workers access the jobs of tomorrow, even if they do not have a full skills match. As we move towards recovery post-COVID, there is no doubt that our normal situation will be different from before.

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lthough we have seen the immediate shift to a socially distanced and even more digital world touching all regions of the globe, the impact on the labor market has played out differently across countries, industries and populations.

Despite the challenges ahead, there is cause for optimism. Our latest research shows that it is possible to help workers access the jobs of tomorrow, even if they do not have a full skills match. As we move towards recovery, there is no doubt that our normal situation will be different from before.

Jobs of the future are more accessible

Socio-political and economic changes will force people to move from jobs of the past to jobs of the future. The analysis is based on our understanding of the skills and skill clusters that build bridges between jobs. The majority of transitions to the jobs of tomorrow come from non-emergent jobs, proving that it is not only possible to move to an emerging job, but in fact very common. These types of jobs are fairly well established and the job market has had time to create pipelines of talent for these roles, while product development and data and AI are newer and ever-changing pockets in the labor market.

However, emerging engineering and HR jobs are more closed to unconventional transitions and require higher skill overlap. The information shows that transitions to emerging jobs are more accessible than we might have thought and can help us understand which reskilling opportunities will have the greatest impact on immediate and long-term career transitions.

According to historical data, during tough economic times, many people opt for more career-oriented study programs. If the post-COVID workforce follows this trend, degrees in fields such as engineering, accounting, business, natural sciences, health, and IT-related fields may become increasingly popular. Positions that may be particularly in demand include fitness coaches and instructors; logistics experts, and other positions in the supply chain; health workers; software developers; and those responsible for advertising, promotions and marketing.

Fast Company shared a list of flexible career categories that can also appear during and after COVID, including therapy, mortgage and real estate, banking, accounting, nursing, auditing, claims. insurance, medical case management, system administration, translation, K-12 education, database administration, inbound calls, online education and pharmaceuticals.

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