If you are a job seeker in this labour market, you are likely exasperated, and if you are a lucky job holder right now, you are likely stressed out over the thought of your job security and the many headlines and news stories detailing the various ways in which large social, political and economic forces are making life progressively harder for both blue and white-collar workers.
Since it is up to workers to make themselves as secure as possible in the face of these forces, below are 5 professional designations for post-pandemic job security.
There are several project management designations with varying time commitments and educational requirements, but all of them look good on a resume and add value across industries and throughout a wide range of roles–perhaps the two foremost qualities for job security in an upended economy and labour market.
The PMP designation is the gold standard, and while it requires a substantial amount of studying and work experience, this is a highly sought-after credential and set of skills that employers from manufacturing to engineering to transportation and heavy industries are very interested in. The modern PMP designation provides candidates with a broad range of interdisciplinary project management skills and an in-depth understanding of the technological changes that are taking place across industries right now.
With the tremendous about of digitization and automation that has taken place over the past year, the work from home revolution, and the unlikeliness that any of it will be slowing down in the near future, cybersecurity threats and, therefore, the need for solutions are on the rise. The pandemic year saw an unprecedented number of cyberattacks amidst the chaos, and cybersecurity represents one of if not the largest financial threats to businesses moving forward.
With that in mind, cybersecurity expertise is going to continue to be in high demand now and well into the future. An understanding of network architecture and vulnerabilities, cybersecurity best practices, techniques for training and educating non-IT employees and an ability to help businesses avoid things like ransomware attacks and phishing are going to be in demand in the labour market for a long time.
Big data continues to transform the way companies across industries do business, with a constantly increasing emphasis and competition over customer experience. This means being able to collect and interpret large data sets in order to provide personalized marketing, sales and customer service to individual customers and website visitors. In short, data analysis designations are important because data is the future of marketing.
There are several well-respected data analysis certifications you can get, including the Microsoft Certified Azure Data Scientist Associate, the Open Certified Data Scientist, the SAS Certified Advanced Analytics Professional Using SAS 9 and the SAS Certified Big Data Professional Using SAS 9.
Diversity and Inclusion
Another major change that has taken place in not just our societies but labour markets and corporations around the world over the past year is an increased focus on and commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives throughout organizations. The cultural reckoning with race and inequality in advanced democracies around the world has been unfolding for some years now, but it came to a head over the summer of 2020 and the corporate sector has been doubling down on its efforts to make good on promises and corporate social responsibility initiatives.
What this has done is create a demand for diversity and inclusion experts in both private and public entities. There are relatively few specialists in this field right now and the consultancy work required to make all of these commitments a reality in the coming years, as well as the HR professionals, mean this profession a fairly safe bet in the post-COVID era.
It might not have been obvious to everyone over the past year, but the number of software as a service offerings (SaaS), and particularly business-to-business (B2B) software as a service, exploded. There is something of a gold rush right now in the startup software development world, as many billion-dollar unicorns out of Europe have arisen in the last year and a half to give some of the U.S. giants like Dropbox, Docusign and Salesforce a serious run for their money.
All of this is being driven by an automation and digitization tidal wave that is forcing businesses to try and cut down on as much manual work as possible and also to leverage every available piece of data for maximum efficiency. Software developers are always in high demand, but there is a tremendous amount of effort and money being invested right now in coming up with new and more effective ways of handling myriad business functions.
There is more economic uncertainty and chaos in the world right now than at any point since the Financial Crisis of 2008. Massive and unpredictable economic forces are wreaking havoc in the labour market, compounding the effects of a global pandemic. Unfortunately, it is up to workers to do what they can to fortify themselves against the destructive effects of these forces and take their job security into their own hands.