Since startups and scaleups first came about, it seems organisations are shifting from the traditional departmental approach to smaller, leaner and more adaptable teams. It means that, if you’re hoping to join one, you’ll need the skills to match – or at least be able to pick them up quickly.
Hybrid roles require employees to hold multiple sets of skills – from understanding cutting-edge technology to putting together a marketing plan and communicating with great people skills. It’s with people like this that technology companies have disrupted almost every industry out there.
And the rise of hybrid jobs in today’s job market is showing no signs of slowing down.
Recruiting for these roles isn’t just about your degree. On top of any qualifications or training, you should aim to learn different skills that could accompany your role or complement the sector you are aiming to work in. So, where do you start? To help you out, we’ve shone a light on some of the skills you might need to bag yourself an in-demand hybrid job.
Let’s take a look.
These are teachable and measurable abilities. Think writing, reading, maths or an ability to use certain computer programs.
Blockchain and cryptocurrency
For those who don’t know, blockchain is a system in which a record of transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency is maintained across several computers – all of them linked in a peer-to-peer network. Anyone with skills in these areas will find a wealth of opportunities – and as we progress into the future, there is particular demand for those with soft skills to complement the role.
Data analysis is a broad term for things like inspecting, cleansing, transforming and modelling data – all in the name of finding the most useful information within. It helps with decision-making and is one of the main fields that has contributed to the rise in hybrid roles. Decisions happen all over a business. So, wherever you end up working, being able to analyse data to inform decisions will be a valuable skill.
We’re sure many of you are quite familiar with coding – we’ve covered this subject at length in previous blogs. But there’s no overstating the value of this skill. Coding is highly paid and highly sought after. Coding and programming are becoming more and more required and will continue to be very relevant to hybrid roles now and in the future.
These are the traits that make you a good employee. Think etiquette, communication and listening, and getting along with other people.
Creativity isn’t just making things – it comes into play at work when you think about a task or a problem in a new or different way. If you are creative, you look at things from a unique perspective. And although it’s a difficult skill to master, creativity paired with technical knowledge can make you one of the most in-demand employees for a hybrid role.
How do you approach a common goal? Collaboration skills aren’t any one thing – more a group of different soft skills and behaviours that help you work with your peers. And they’re invaluable no matter what type of team or organisation you work in. Collaboration skills help with achieving targets, building long-term relationships, and fostering success within a team.
When you’ve gathered all your other skills, you might turn your attention to leadership. Being able to lead others is a trait that is very difficult to find – and one that hybrid roles need. Those who are capable of acting decisively, spotting opportunities, and bringing out the best in others will never struggle to find employment.
Developing your skills or putting them to work?
These are the six key skills that will ultimately set you up for an opportunity to work in a hybrid role. So, which do you already have? And which will you go after next? Let us know – and if you’re looking for your next hybrid role, get in touch to see how we could help.