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Why entrepreneurs need to change their mindset on building skills

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In the UK today 1.8 million people –  six per cent of workers – are employed in roles that did not exist 25 years ago.

According to the statistics from PWC, this figure rises to 10% when applied to the London workforce.

The constant and rapid developments in technology and the impact this has on society means we can expect these changes to continue.

Inevitably, this evolutionary process has major repercussions for businesses and how they recruit, train and retain staff and workers will have to be much more flexible when it comes to how they approach their careers and learn new skills. 

Shifting sands of opportunity

Whilst many may find the shifting landscape in jobs and skills disconcerting, I prefer to see it as a great opportunity. For individuals or companies who want to explore new ways of doing things – or even new things to do – there has never been a better time to seize the day. 

The abundance of free software, ever cheapening hardware and the access to free knowledge and ideas allows any person or group with determination to experiment.

Prior to co-founding Hassle.com I had seven successful years working in management consultancy. Itching for a new challenge and excited by the increasing digitalisation of our work and personal lives, I decided to change career tack.

I spent six weeks with my face buried in a paperback copy of Michael Hartl’s ‘Ruby on Rails’ and taught myself to code in my spare time. This gave me the springboard to quit my job in the City and sow the seeds of what was to become Hassle.com. 

Even just a couple of years before such a move would have been unthinkable, but changes in technology gave me the inspiration and opportunity to reinvent myself. 

Despite the dearth of women in tech, my gender did not hold me back when forming the company as I had demonstrated that I had the desire to do what was needed (and in many quarters got extra kudos for the manner in which I obtained them).

Continue reading on the next page to find out why you need to be ready for the change that’s coming.

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