The academic chase is not an uncommon idea in Asian societies.
Parents would invest in educational pursuits for their children, with the hope of getting their children into the best universities and subsequently to land a high-paying job.
However, it appears that the tide has shifted somewhat to employers seeking out other qualities in employees, looking beyond paper qualifications.
The world is progressing at an accelerated pace, much more than before due to the advent of technologies and social changes.
An employee who is flexible to changes, readily adaptable, and can move on bravely after a failure, would be highly valued by an employer.
In a swiftly changing economic landscape, former ways of working may not be feasible.
Employees need to be up to speed in fitting into new work processes, finding new work-life balances, and getting used to new technology for work meetings.
Likewise, employers would also have to open to modify workplace processes to match the global work climate, and make them suitable for their employees at the same time.
Companies have different work cultures and employers would be looking out for employees who can fit into their company culture.
For example, some companies’ cultures may be more hands-on, more informal, whereas some companies may be used to an army of soldiers to do the work, and having a more formal culture.
Some existing methods or workflows may not be relevant for the company due to external systemic pressures by and large.
Whatever happens in the geo-political scene or economic industry will affect any business operations to some extent.
Thus, a valuable employee would be one who can suggest brilliant changes to benefit the company in a time of crisis, or come up with a new strategy to keep the company afloat in some ways.
However, change does not sit well with everyone, as some personalities would gravitate towards the status quo.
Employers can consider introducing changes in a timely, appropriate manner as this would help the team be grounded and united while mitigating the risks of a huge staff turnover.
Interests and experiences outside of the job
These may be an advantage to propel changes for a business.
If ideas can be drawn from another sphere of interest, and integrated into the employee’s work scope, it is possible for business ideas to be fresh and novel, which is the heartbeat of any company.
It is not uncommon for companies to hire someone from a non-related industry.
Employers are likely to scout for qualities which may benefit the company, and look for an edge to help their businesses stand out in an extremely competitive global environment.
Being able to get along with team members is a given for any teamwork at the workplace.
Working in teams entails good communication, writing, and relational skills.
Different personalities bring more variety to the pool and each personality has a contributing role to the team.
For instance, the work environment is more lively when there is an energetic and humorous person around.
However, variety can become a double-edged sword as certain personalities cannot get along as well with some others.
Thus, having strong relational skills and empathy are essential factors for gelling the team together.
Whether you are an employee or an employer, what matters to materialise things at the workplace are the above-mentioned factors.
The best can be achieved when employers and employees relate well to bring out the strengths of one another and adapt to changes together in a fast-changing world.