Quite simply, career adaptability is the resilience you display in your skills and development that allows you to weather uncertainty. Individuals that show career adaptability are able to successfully respond to changes to their career and the wider business world. This involves planning, flexibility, and developing skills. Organisations that are made up of workers with career adaptability are much more likely to survive difficult circumstances – such as those brought about by Covid-19 and digital disruption – the combination of which is going to shape everyone’s lives in the near future.
At the same time, the world is going through a yawning skills gap. HR departments are not going to be able to fill these gaps just by hiring – most strategic HR departments now know that talent development plans have to encompass mass re-skilling to meet organisational needs.
We can’t predict the future. However, it is clear is that if you build an adaptable and resilient workforce that can work alongside technology, then THEY will be able to provide the stability and security and protection for an organisation, themselves, the economy and society at large.