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New Year, New Habits: 4 Skills to Develop for 2021

By James (Jiaqi) Wang, 11 Jan 2021 

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As the COVID-19 spreads across the globe, the pandemic has changed the world in many ways. In particular, the mode of teaching within the education industry, including universities and the mode of operation of companies have changed dramatically. So in 2021, what are the four skills you need to improve in order to stay relevant in this rapidly evolving world?

#1 Develop Your Digital/ Computer Skill

Due to the influence of COVID-19, a growing proportion of people are studying or working from home. Because of this, digital/ computer skills have become the “new norm”.For example, you will need to be proficient with online video softwares such as Zoom. These video platforms have many features that can assist in online teamwork, such as sharing screens, interactive chat forums and more. Secondly, you will need to be proficient in using softwares like Google Workplace (formally known as G Suite), which can help you improve the efficiency of your workflow and teamwork.

#2 Adapt and Improve Your Ability to Work as a Team Online

The importance of teamwork cannot be overstated, but in the current era, people are interacting more online. So it is vital to hone your ability to work as a team and autonomously online. For individuals, you need to share your work progress and related documents with your team members in a timely manner to optimise the workflow to ensure deadlines are met. For teams, according to Forbes, regular morning team check-ins and virtual coffee breaks can be used to boost the performance of teamwork online.

Source: Forbes

#3 Less Distractions, More Focus

Whether you are working or studying at home, the environment may reduce your efficiency and prevent you from using your time wisely. Especially for some students here at IMC, in the past, they loved to go to the library to study because the atmosphere could keep them focussed and productive. However, in the present day, they have no choice but to study at home. Both the interaction of the cat at home and the king-size fluffy bed may reduce their efficiency. So, in 2021, one of the skills you need to master is the need to stay focussed by turning off your phone, moving away from noisy areas and even having enough sleep so you can concentrate and feel refreshed for the day ahead.

#4 Explore a Myriad of FinTech Skills and Knowledge

As Forbes mentioned, the COVID-19 has accelerated online’s destruction of brick and mortar shopping. In the United States, over 6300 stores have already closed in 2020. COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of FinTech to some extent. When buying groceries online at home, the site uses big data as well as cloud computing to provide you with appropriate and personalised search recommendations. When you are using mobile banking, the relevant cyber security measures in FinTech will keep your money safe. In 2021, you will need to be knowledgeable about FinTech in order to keep up with this fast-growing society. IMC will also provide FinTech Micro-Credentials and FinTech Degree Programs in 2021, click the flyer below for more information.

Source: Forbes

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