These Skills Will Help You Succeed in a Post-pandemic World


These Skills Will Help You Succeed in a Post-pandemic World

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed more than just how we learn. It’s also changed how we work. If you’re about to graduate or looking to make a career change, you may be wondering what the job market will look like in the next few months. As we slowly find our way toward normalcy, it’s probably safe to say that things won’t be exactly like they were before.

One thing we have learned over the past year is that some job skills will be more important than others in a post-pandemic world. According to LinkedIn’s 2020 Grad’s Guide to Getting Hired, some of the most in-demand jobs require soft skills like communication and problem-solving ─ skills that are built right into curriculum here at the University of Oklahoma College of Professional and Continuing Studies (PACS).

Following are a few of skills you’ll likely need in a post-pandemic world, and most of them you’ve likely honed during your time with us.

What you’ve learned as an online student, along with navigating a pandemic, has built resilience and strengthened the skills that will make you successful for the rest of your life. No matter what degree you’re leaving with, you can go forward with confidence knowing you’re prepared for whatever the future holds.

Communication

If we’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s the importance of communication. Companies were forced to allow employees to telecommute during the pandemic, and that trend will likely continue. The ability to work with others, express yourself and make colleagues feel valued, whether it’s in person or through a computer screen, will be necessary in the future.

As a PACS student, you have an edge here, as the ability to communicate effectively is one of the many skills you gain as an online student.

Problem-solving

At PACS, one of our core values is innovation. We strive to encourage forward thinking, creativity and initiative in each student. Critical thinking and problem-solving are skills necessary to successfully complete your degree. The personal obstacles you’ve overcome to complete your degree while making it through a pandemic have only reinforced these abilities.

As you use what you’ve learned here, you’ll instinctively know the right questions to ask, giving you a better understanding of your future workplace, those you work with and the world in general.

Digital Skills

The need for digital and technology skills has been growing rapidly over the past decade. These skills, combined with the time management and organizational capabilities you’ve honed as an online learner, will be in high demand as more companies continue to allow employees to work remotely.

If you happen to land a job working remotely, those skills you’ve mastered while attending online classes, including juggling work, school and other responsibilities, will have you leading the pack and sliding into a leadership position in no time.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is knowing how to understand your own emotions and those of others. This requires awareness and perception. Taking the time to understand yourself and others will give you the ability to lead in the workplace through empathy, understanding and collaboration. Transcending this to virtual through Zoom meeting and email will be key.

Leadership

Good leadership skills involve more than being a manager. Leadership skills that set you apart from others are a skill carefully woven into the fabric of PACS degrees, even if your degree isn’t in leadership. The ability to boost morale, communicate with employees or colleagues, and foster collaboration across a computer screen, as well as in an office setting, will make you a leader for the future.

What you’ve learned as an online student, along with navigating a pandemic, has built resilience and strengthened the skills that will make you successful for the rest of your life. No matter what degree you’re leaving with, you can go forward with confidence knowing you’re prepared for whatever the future holds.

Planning to attend graduate school or looking to upskill in a new area? Visit our website and learn more about our graduate degrees and programs, including our newest program, WorkSooner.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.