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How to stay relevant as an employee in the future of work

Published: Apr. 6 2022

This is what you probably want from your career: experience professional growth, realize your potential, contribute to something greater than yourself, and have fun! Some people need a career plan while others make it up as they go along. But no matter what, it’s important for all of us to be able to work in ‘our zone’ and understand ourselves.

You don’t need to change jobs in order to make smart career moves. It can be a good idea to look into opportunities at your current workplace – are there any opportunities for career development where you’re at?

Here’s Tekna’s advice to you:

  • Focus on what you can influence
  • Get out of your comfort zone and learn something new
  • Practice your skills and develop more superpowers
  • Share your knowledge and experience with others
  • Set realistic and achievable goals for yourself
  • Say yes to tasks that your superpowers can easily solve
  • Build up your «willpower muscle»
  • Don’t tempt fate

Exercise: GAP Analysis

A GAP Analysis looks for the reasons you aren’t achieving certain work-related goals. It considers your current competency areas and the reasons preventing your success. With that information, you’re able to create an action plan that closes the gaps.

A simple tool you can use to figure out your competency gaps and how you can create an action plan to close these gaps. This exercise takes between 20 – 40 minutes and can give you greater insight into what you can do to reach your work-related goals.

Exercise: Self-development

1. Planning: Answer the following questions

  • Goal: What kind of learning/challenge do you want to achieve/meet? (Use the GAP Analysis if you can’t answer this question.)
  • Motivation: Why is this important to you? What do you want to achieve?
  • Time: How much time do you want to spend on this?
  • Approach: How can you move forward to learn/meet the challenge?
  • How do you learn best? Think about your learning style and how you best learn new information.
  • Plan: Create a plan for what you need to do to achieve your goal.

2. Get it done
Follow your plan in an organized way and make changes as needed if you get any new insights, inspiration, experience and information along the way.

3. Evaluate: There’s a lot to learn from completing a brief evaluation
Write answers to the following questions:

  • What did you achieve?
  • How did your chosen plan and approach work?
  • What worked well, and what can you do differently next time?
  • Have you developed new competency, abilities or skills?
  • Has your new knowledge/learning opened up any new opportunities?
  • If you had the chance to learn new information/take on this challenge again, how would you go about doing it given the experience you have now?

This exercise has been extracted from Prosjekthåndboka 3.0 2020 by Jonas D Aakre and Henriette S. Scharning. 

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