The Covid-19 turmoil has accelerated our lives into the future, and its impact will be lasting. The wide-ranging shift from office to work-from-home during the pandemic was enabled by technologies. Different skills are required to meet the new demand as technologies are increasingly integrated into our way of lives. The widespread acceptance of work-from-home implies that human resource pool for companies will be expanded as workers can now be sourced abroad, without physical relocation — equivalent to virtual immigration. Inevitably, this will bring about new challenges to in-country workers as skills competition is increasingly globalized and intensified.

To remain competitive in the skills marketplace, individuals need to ensure that their skills are up-to-date, and their mindsets are well-aligned to the new sets of key performance measures.