It has always been rumored and speculated that the future of the business world is technology. Since the invention of the first technology in the earlier centuries to the latest, companies and governments globally have done their best in embracing the technology. This was accelerated this year when the world was hit by a deadly virus called Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The virus swept across the world like a wild fire consuming (infecting) anyone it came in contacts with both the old and young forcing governments to take strict measures as a way of flattening the curve. Individuals and companies that were prepared continue to function while many have had to close done affecting the economies of the world. Each day, people stay at home hoping that their will be a cure or vaccination soon for this tiny monster. However, will life ever go back to how it used to be. The answer is a resounding NO as companies and individual businesses will transform to assimilate technology in their daily operations.
Twitter has been the first company to announce that their employees are free to continue working from home even after the pandemic is over. According to a report by BBC News, Twitter has had successes during the lock down having employees working from home. This isn’t surprising as early this month Facebook and Google announced letting their employees to work from home until the end of the year. Despite the good news from the Twitter board, the staff have the freedom to choose whether they want to work from home or from the business office. This is just an indication of what employees and companies should expect after the war against corona virus has been won.
Future employment opportunities
The current discussion of every business and government is how to reopen the economies without re-surging the spread of the virus. Technology has already proved that it is dependable during the lockdown as schools and businesses have turned to it. Even though individuals have maintained social distance, technology has kept us socially connected. With High Speed connectivity accessible to all the neighborhoods across the globe, individuals will be able to comfortably sit at home and work. Huawei among many ICT companies are working on a way that will help the economies to reopen with ease. So what will really change after the corona virus? The following are some of the jobs that will be a point of focus for governments and companies:
- Digital Products
Shopify.com defines digital products as an intangible asset or piece of media that can be sold and distributed repeatedly online without the need to replenish inventory. These products often come in the form of downloadable or streamable files, such as MP3s, PDFs, videos, plug-ins, and templates. Shopify.com gives details about how to create these products and the benefits of having them on their website. The following are the most popular digital products that you could sell.
Web based applications such as SaaS (Software as a Service) and a distributed, installable program. The second product are the professional services including trainers, coaches, copyrighters, web and graphic designers,and consultants. The third product is the Online Courses. Over the past few years, a lot of individuals and businesses have invested so much on online courses. e-Learning has been gaining momentum and focuses on the following; As a downloadable one-off course, As a downloadable collection of courses and As a memberships/subscription to a web-based service. Other digital products include documents, graphics and digital arts, eBook, audio and Music and Software. You can read more about digital products at Sellfy.
2. Gig Economy
What’s.com describes Gig Economy as a free market system in which temporary positions are common and organizations hire independent workers for short-term commitments. The term “gig” is a slang word for a job that lasts a specified period of time; it is typically used by musicians. Gig economy is among the fastest growing industries with new players entering the market each day offering better options for the major participants. A recent research showed that majority of the companies are moving from having permanent employees to having freelancers work for them on a contractual basis. A lot of established companies are tending toward hiring freelancers and independent contractors offering temporary and flexible jobs. You can learn more about Gig Economy at Investopedia. Gig Economy has proved to be more effective as the service providers freely communicate with potential client providing a wide range of options for the clients to choose whom to work with. Interestingly, a lot of Gig Economists have lined up job opportunities opting them to employ others to work along with. The way Gig Economy works is, let’s say you own a company and need Digital Marketing Services. Instead of recruiting someone to join your company, you find one of the freelancing companies and post your job. Several Digital Marketers provide their profiles and quotes and you pick one of them based on the quality of the work you need and your budget. Perhaps one of the Freelancers has a touching headline with ” Is having a website enough?” which influence your decision and you go for him. He does the work after a couple of elaborate meetings. The same applies with manual jobs such as gardening or cleaning your house or even plumbing, you get them all online, working on contractual basis. If you got skills, this is something you should be considering now and after the Corona Virus.
3. eCommerce Specialist
A few years ago, no one would ever imagine that one day people will order food or clothing or anything they want at the comfort of their sitting rooms. Corona Virus got many companies unprepared for such opportunities despite knowing the future of business is technology. eCommerce Specialist provides support for strategy development and sales performances having expertise in online sales strategies and the various platforms offering the opportunity of conducting sales online. The specialist improves the company strategies through promotions, tracking all the eCommerce marketing efforts and analyzing data. This job is high on demand and things would be even much interesting as companies will migrate to remote operations after the Corona pandemic. According to Glassdoor, the salaries for this job per year are approximated as below.
Other employment opportunities after the pandemic include Stock market, Insurance, Affiliate marketing, Healthcare and Data Sciences. The opportunities are inexhaustible; it suffices now to consider the ones that stand out as mentioned in this article and are the future of how work will be done.