Secret to future-ready careers: Founder’s note

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Secret to future-ready careers: Founder’s note

At Look Ahead Now, our mission is to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to succeed in their work-life goals.
  • Vijay Sampath

23 Apr

Together, we can pave the way for a brighter and more inclusive future of work. | Representational image via Pexels

Do you remember your first job? The rush of excitement is mixed with a healthy anticipation of what lies ahead. The ever-changing landscape of work offers fascinating opportunities, and as N. Chandrasekharan, Chairman of Tata Sons, exemplifies, sometimes the most incredible careers unfold within a single company. Yet, just like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, reinvention through changing jobs, careers, and professions can be a powerful tool for growth.

But the truth is, this professional journey can often feel like a solitary climb. The constant pressure to stay relevant, the struggle to find the right guidance and growth resources, the gnawing uncertainty about the future—it can be overwhelming. Today, the workplace is changing faster than ever. New skills are in constant demand, and the traditional model of linear education and personal growth is not enough.

You are not alone!

I, too, never had a mentor or structured resources to help me navigate the ups and downs of my professional journey. Over a career spanning three decades, I had to manage a rapidly changing workplace by myself. Regardless of the support of an employer or colleagues, my main takeaway is that eventually, we need to confront our future by ourselves.

At Look Ahead Now, we understand this challenge. The feeling of being overwhelmed by the pace of change and unsure of how to stay relevant and future-proof our careers. It is a lonely journey, but we believe it should not be so.

Our experiences navigating today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) business environment revealed four key challenges individuals face.

The first is to keep pace with the ever-evolving landscape. According to the World Economic Forum, 1.1 billion jobs are liable to be radically transformed by technology in the next decade. Dealing with the sheer complexity and breakneck speed of a tech-driven business world, along with constant shifts in management systems and rapidly changing regulations, demands constant adaptation that may often be beyond our control. At the same time, our ability to manage, limited time, resources, and access to structured guidance and mentorship can make this adaptation even harder.

Second, reinvention is the cornerstone of a thriving career. Our journeys across various industries and roles highlighted a critical gap: a lack of readily available support for navigating successful reinvention. Whatever valuable resources we encountered were often by chance and not by design. A significant report in HBR reinforces the need to reinvent, suggesting that skills will dominate over paper qualifications and that skills need constant upgrading!

Third, successful careers are not built overnight, nor do they happen in a vacuum. They require proactive effort, an acceptance that setbacks are inevitable, and a persistent drive fuelled by passion.

Ultimately, the question of "what next?" hangs heavy for many. Some seek a complete career shift, while others strive to find purpose and opportunities for growth within their existing roles. Roles will shift, some will die, and others will be reborn, while entirely new skills may emerge as the future of work transforms.

This constancy of change, encompassing all our fears, doubts, and uncertainties, underscores the need for a resource that empowers individuals to successfully chart their own course.

On the bright side, like never before, the world is brimming with fantastic resources for learning and professional growth. Top-notch trainers, coaches, mentors, consultants, counsellors, assessment experts, and organisations dedicated to building human capital are all waiting to give your career a boost.

One can transform one’s life from one’s home, but the challenge lies in bridging the discovery gap. How do these experts find the eager individuals seeking their guidance? And how do you, as a learner, efficiently locate and navigate the vast pool of options to find the perfect fit?

Look Ahead Now solves this very problem. We have created a dynamic platform for L&D providers to connect with a motivated audience and showcase their services in a way that fosters efficient connections and ignites career transformations. We are creating a vibrant community dedicated to empowering individuals and organisations to achieve their full potential. We also bridge the gap between learners seeking growth and world-class L&D providers who can help them achieve it.

Unleashing Potential: Benefits for Learners and L&D Providers

For Learners:

  • A single destination for lifelong learning and development: One destination for all your career growth: Discover a diverse range of solutions under one roof, from training and skill development to coaching, mentoring, and higher education.
  • Connect with best-in-class L&D providers across the globe: Find trustworthy coaches, trainers, and mentors who can guide you on your learning journey.
  • Future-proof your career: Build a personalised learning roadmap, equipping yourself with the skills and knowledge to stay ahead of the curve.

For L&D providers:

  • Reach a global audience of eager learners: Showcase your expertise to a vast pool of individuals actively seeking solutions to propel their careers.
  • Build your brand and reputation: Enhance your credibility and brand image by associating with a platform focused on quality providers and users.
  • Maximise your reach and impact: Benefit from our targeted marketing efforts, connecting you with warm leads ready to invest in learning.

Imagine a world where everyone has access to the tools and support they need to thrive. That is the future we are building at Look Ahead Now. As a partner in lifelong learning, the platform offers a dynamic space for professionals and organisations to constantly learn, reinvent, and renew themselves. We promise to bring the best minds together to shape the future of work.

Look Ahead Now is defined by our six values: Positivity, Empowerment, Innovation, Inclusivity, Collaboration, and Integrity. By embodying these values, we strive to create a community where growth and development are not only encouraged but celebrated. Together, we can pave the way for a brighter and more inclusive future of work.

Join Look Ahead Now and be part of the future of work.

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