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Planning for Career Success at Any Stage In The Journey

By Alejandra Zuluaga, Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Growth, LATAM CertiProf 

Whether you're a leadership-minded student who reads this site for insight into how to land a coveted internship, an upward-looking mid-career professional eager to scale the next rung up the corporate ladder, or a seasoned senior or C-level executive seeking tips on how to build your leadership repertoire, the common denominator unifying your inquiries is as simple as any piece of good logic: learn new skills if you want to succeed.

Upskilling is the easiest way to advance your career and generate new opportunities. The more diverse a set of skills you possess, the more you can fundamentally affect change at the personal, team, and organizational levels. More important is proving that you have the right skills for the job in a way that's concrete and verifiable. This is where professional certifications come into play in the story of your career success.

Workflow Efficiency Experts are in High Demand

As many businesses moved to a remote-work model for the first time, they learned that disruption to their normal workflow and the need to fundamentally change processes that were accomplished through in-office interaction were inevitable. 

Competitive knowledge sets that manage workflow by implementing rigorous processes - like Certified Scrum Master, the Six-Sigma set of business tools, and a litany of new Certified Product Owner options - are currently in high demand across the professional certification industry.

These much-needed business skills have grown in popularity across the management teams that have had to cope with the remote work conundrum since they provide ways to optimize products, processes, and ways of working. 

Employees with free time on their hands and extra money from pandemic-assistance stimulus checks have also thrown their hat into the ring to learn these skills in hopes of advancing their careers. 

Managers have also been incentivized by the promise of increased monetary compensation associated with earning a project management or workflow optimization certification. 

Deepen Your Online Expertise

Companies that choose to provide a remote-work option will want employees who possess a basic knowledge of cybersecurity and online customer experience principles. As more interactions take place online, skilled workers who can manage communication in a way that is strategically advantageous for their business while also minimizing risk will be viewed as assets by employers. 

Additionally, the cost of one cyberattack can end a small business, so a certified fundamental knowledge of digital threats facing remote workers is an excellent way for employees of all levels to show that they are committed to limiting liability and can be trusted with sensitive materials. To that end, cybersecurity certificates may become mandatory in the future, especially for C-level executives who have access to confidential information.

Soften Your Skillset

There is a growing demand for employees who possess well-developed soft skills in the new remote-work environment. Although there is not yet a certifiable way to gauge for empathetic markers or conflict resolution skills, employees who possess these attributes are increasingly growing in demand amongst managers who oversee remote teams. Also, taking time away from digital devices and practicing therapeutic self-care activities like meditating, painting, baking, or some other constructive hobby is extremely important. 

The remote work environment can be stressful, and in order for workers to boost their soft skills, it's important that they strike a balance between interfacing with multiple project and administrative tasks on-screen all day, and getting some downtime. Workers who don't take time off to focus on a constructive non-work-related activity face the very real threat of burning out-physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Balance provides the space to develop the much-needed interpersonal skills crucial to succeed when working on projects coordinated via email and through messaging apps like Slack. Young professionals are seeking ways to develop these skills as a way to make themselves competitive in the post-Covid era. Competing in this realm doesn't require strenuous technical expertise or the ability to keep track of multiple moving targets at once - maybe a bike ride in the morning before work will do?

No matter what your level of seniority is, working to elevate your communicative and empathic abilities is an invaluable way to secure a stable future in your career.


The major shifts in ways of working that took place over the course of the last year have reshaped the skills needed in the workplace. 

Managers who can organize workflow in alignment with a structured set of best practices in order to optimize the speed and efficiency at which services are rendered, or deliverables provided to clients or vendors, are in high demand right now. 

The eminent need for cybersecurity knowledge amongst decision-makers and upper management has grown substantially since the beginning of the remote-work era. Hiring managers are turning to candidates who possess a softer skillset when considering who is most qualified to fill virtual seats in their digitally-distanced offices.


Published Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:44 AM by David Marshall
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