Facing the Uncertainty

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2017-10-09T16:00:41+00:00 June 13, 2017|Highline Voices, News|
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Facing the Uncertainty

  • Dr. Savio Pham

By Dr. Savio Pham

In a recent article, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reminded us that “talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not.”

For those who are in the graduating class this year, many are planning for a big celebration of the past but cannot help but feel anxious for the uncertain future, especially the ones entering the job market.

I can understand why, so let me give them some advice: No one doubts your talents, but as Nadella stated, opportunity is limited and requires fitting skills — aptitudes — with the right attitudes.

So, setting yourselves apart from others requires much more than your pre-existing technical skills. Employers look for candidates who possess minimum required technical skills, strong soft skills and the ability to adapt and learn new skills on the job.

In every job, a person’s skills will need to continually evolve with changing technology and workplace needs. This doesn’t mean you will need to return to college full time. Rather, it means being open to learning new skills on the job, attending workshops and conferences, and being willing to change. Again, it is meshing aptitude with attitude. Employers are willing to invest training resources in those who demonstrate the right attitude. …

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This article was originally published in the print edition of the Federal Way Mirror on June 9, 2017.

About the Author

Dr. Savio Pham teaches business technology at Highline College and is the author of “Lead Me Lead You,” a self-directed leadership development model. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on leadership and higher education. He earned a doctorate in management in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix and an MBA from Ottawa University.

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