10 Highly-Needed 21st Century Skills for Young Health Professionals

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We are in the age of information and information technology. This presents enormous opportunities for young health professionals to upskill or reskill in order to achieve new heights of influence, impact and income. This also presents some challenges – advancement in technology is threatening job opportunities and roles traditionally played by healthcare professionals. In other words, young professionals have a choice: to develop new skills that will help them thrive in our ever-changing world or face the consequences of their inaction.

Below are seven highly-needed skills in our world today that young health professionals can develop:

 

Data analysis

According to Wikipedia, data analysis is a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modelling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making. A data analyst is a person whose job is to gather and interpret data in order to solve a specific problem. The role includes plenty of time spent with data, but entails communicating findings too.

Effective data analysts possess a combination of technical skills and leadership skills. Technical skills include knowledge of database languages such as SQL, R, or Python; spreadsheet tools such as Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets; and data visualization software such as Tableau or Qlik. Mathematical and statistical skills are also valuable to help gather, measure, organize, and analyse data.

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Business analysis

Business Analysis can be understood as a research discipline that helps you to find business needs and identify solutions to business problems. These solutions may include the development of software or system component, improvements in process, organisational changes or strategic planning and policy development.

The purpose of business analysis is to identify solutions that meet the need for improvement. Business analysts use data to form business insights and recommend changes in businesses and other organizations. Business analysts can identify issues in virtually any part of an organization, including IT processes, organisational structures, or staff development. Business analysts use data to form business insights and recommend changes in businesses and other organizations. Business analysts can identify issues in virtually any part of an organisation, including IT processes, organisational structures, or staff development.

 

Investment analysis

According to Investopedia, investment analysis involves researching and evaluating a security or an industry to predict its future performance and determine its suitability to a specific investor. Investment analysis may also involve evaluating or creating an overall financial strategy. An investment analyst is a financial professional with expertise in evaluating financial and investment information, typically for the purpose of making buy, sell and hold recommendations for securities.

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Skills needed as an investment analyst include IT skills, research skills, analytical and problem solving skills. The ability to detect trends early, and using niche expertise to find ways to capitalise on them, is what makes the investment analyst valuable to any organisation.

 

Computer coding

Computer coding is the use of computer programming languages to give computers and machines a set of instructions on what actions to perform. It is how humans communicate with machines. It is what allows us to create computer software like programmes, operating systems, and mobile applications.

Software developers conceive of, design, and build computer programmes. Some develop new applications for mobile or desktop use, while others build underlying operating systems. Either way, software developers identify user needs, build programmes, test out new software, and make improvements. Working closely with computer programmers, software developers fill crucial roles in the computer systems, health, manufacturing, finance, and software publishing industries.

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Software product management

At its core, product management is about making a product the best it can be. That may entail considering market demand, conducting surveys and potential user tests, acting as a liaison between developers and designers assigned to the product. Especially if you are working on a technical product, having the ability to understand and speak tech terminology will make you more successful.

A software product manager heads and manages the software product management department. They oversee and overview the specialisation, goals, structure, and expectations of the software product. That also includes the planning and monitoring required for producing the ideal software.

To be continued!

 

ACTION PLAN: Identify a tech skill you can develop that will give you a special advantage as a professional. Take action to start the learning process.

AFFIRMATION: I am open to learning new skills. I am blessed and highly favoured.

 

Sesan Kareem is the Founder/CEO of HubCare Health, www.hubcarehealth.com and the Principal Consultant of Sesan Kareem Institute, www.sesankareem.com.ng

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