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Tips for Smarter Living: Embrace the Technology that is Disrupting Your Industry

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 30, 2017

Increasingly, technology brings unique tools to our fingertips through our laptops, tablets and smartphones.  New apps and software programs are user friendly, providing  a wide range of ways to efficiently tackle business functions. Each month new tech products and services are launched into the market to help us sift through the giant mounds of data that have become essential to most industries, professions, and jobs.

 

There is no longer any doubt that technology is a powerful gamechanger. Companies of all sizes are starting to engage technology such as bots to handle simple tasks like scheduling or sorting queries and routing them to the right department or staff member. Chat bots have become standard virtual helpers to generate and supply leads in all industries. More and more workplaces are moving to the cloud, demanding that workers collaborate on platforms to complete projects or assignments.

 

If you’re a self declared non-techie, how do you keep up? How can you learn to not only stay relevant but thrive in the digital era?

 

Here a few tips to help you stay afloat and rise to new opportunities during the technology revolution that is impacting fields and careers across the globe.

 

  1. Stay up-to-date on technology innovations in your field by paying attention to programs that  streamline tasks and speed up processes. Think about your role and how technology can be a positive force by freeing up time to concentrate on higher value work.
  2. Be open to new career opportunities. Technology is disrupting many fields, eliminating or dramatically changing  jobs, but new opportunities will be created. Learn what technology brings or offers with career changes as there may be a new path that integrates your experience or expertise with IT to bring changes and positive value to your company. You may find yourself become less of a tactician and more of a thought leader or manager of business innovations.
  3. Gain more technology knowledge and skills. Don’t be afraid. Embrace technology and gain a better understanding of how and what the apps, programs or SaaS are designed to do for you. Being able to adapt quickly to new technology is important but also think through the processes that are used to change the work landscape. Learn how to become a guiding light in the changing landscape.
  4. Embrace change management and learn more about ways technology may be useful for your company or in your industry. Be inquisitive. Look at old and new ways of doing things and bring ideas to your superiors. Some companies are more forward thinking than others but eventually those not embracing technology to its fullest will fall behind the competition, so your newly-acquired knowledge of change will help you pick the right company to grow your career.

 

While being a disruptor and changing the way an industry conducts business can be exciting, remember that with disruption comes hard work.Look for others to collaborate with as a team to conceptualize, develop, market, activate, and train across a company. By proactively thinking about how technology can improve your work function and then applying your knowledge in team settings to the company as a whole, you can become a thought leader in a world that is constantly changing. 

 

Ellyn Caruso, Principal, CarusoPR ellyn@carusopr.com a Chicago based public relations marketing firm.

Professional Women's Club of Chicago, PWCC is a Chicago based networking organization that provides networking connections that support, enrich and inspire women to advance professionally and personally. Members come from public and private sectors, multi-billion dollar corporations, mid-size and small businesses, as well as, non-profit organizations. Membership is open to women from all industries in all stages of their careers who want to develop a strong lifelong network. Learn more about membership and upcoming activities

 

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