Getting Hired in the Age of AI: Top Skills for the Evolving Workplace

Embracing a continuous learning mindset, staying abreast of emerging technologies, and honing both technical and soft skills position individuals for success in a job market increasingly shaped by AI

Preeti Anand
New Update
IIT Kharagpur


Workplace transformation is at the forefront of change in a period of fast technology breakthroughs. The rise of Industry 4.0 ushers in a new work paradigm, favouring a hybrid work model powered by the growing influence of automation and, more recently, artificial intelligence. This transformation provides enormous socio-economic and environmental benefits, contingent on our capacity to upskill and improve the employability of present and future workforces.


The state of employability today is as follows:

India, expected to comprise a quarter of the global workforce by 2025, confronts the issue of increasing its youth employability, which now stands at 45.9%. Despite concerns about employment losses due to AI, an MIT study indicates that many occupations considered at risk are not economically viable for automation. This scenario offers corporations, educational institutions, and policymakers a critical opportunity to create comprehensive training and policy initiatives. These initiatives should provide individuals with AI-compatible abilities, assuring competitiveness in a constantly changing employment market. Soft skills that are difficult to automate yet necessary for new employment in AI, digital, and green technology are examples of areas where skilling can bridge the gap between current talents and future work requirements.

Charting a course for skill improvement


The path to success in the job market is increasingly dependent on collaboration between educational institutions and industry. This collaboration is critical for combining academic and practical talents with employer-specific skills such as communication, customer-centricity, problem-solving, and creativity. Expanding such skill-development projects to include entrepreneurs and company founders is critical for India, which enjoys strong GDP growth driven by a thriving startup environment. Adapting to technological upheavals will be essential to their success in this digital age.

Mentorship, digital and soft skills: cornerstones of growth.

Soft skills, mentoring, and digital skills are critical support systems for startup founders. Experienced mentors can offer insights, connections, and the agility needed to prosper in the face of technological change. This focus should also include small and medium-sized firms (SMEs), critical for economic growth and employment development. Tailoring training programs to improve digital sales and marketing skills, data analytics, GenAI, and rethinking existing workflows and business models to exploit digital technologies better would boost SMEs' productivity and innovation, assuring their competitiveness in the digital economy. This powerful combination of mentorship and digital and soft skills will help entrepreneurs and SMEs survive and prosper.


Utilising technology in learning and development

Incorporating cutting-edge technology, such as virtual and augmented reality, into training and development programs can improve the learning experience by making it more engaging and efficient. These technologies can imitate real-world scenarios, allowing students to practise and enhance their abilities in a safe environment. This immersive approach to skill development is instrumental in industries such as healthcare, engineering, and crisis management, where hands-on experience is essential.

The function of government and policy frameworks


Government policies influence the future of labour and employability. Initiatives encouraging continual learning and skill development, such as tax breaks for companies that spend on staff training, can significantly increase the nation's skill quotient. Furthermore, including short-term skill development programs in the public education system guarantees that the future workforce has the necessary skills for the changing employment market.


The future of employment is inextricably tied to the workforce's skill development and employability. As we face the challenges and opportunities of the fourth industrial revolution, corporations, educational institutions, policymakers, and individuals must work together to encourage a culture of continuous learning and skill development. By doing so, we prepare for and shape the future, resulting in a society where innovation, sustainability, and prosperity thrive together.