4 in-demand tech skills that can help you thrive in the 4IR tomorrow

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With the rapid pace of digital transformation, society and the working world are quickly evolving, becoming more and more streamlined and online. Most, if not all career fields, are leaning into automation and digitisation in some way or another.

From the medical, media and even the agricultural industries – more vacancies are opening for professionals who are tech-savvy and primed in navigating new software and adjustments being made by companies to ensure business longevity, relevance, and sustainability as we navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

For job seekers who are educated and trained in the tech sphere – this means that job security will be less of a concern during this shift.

To help you to amp up your repertoire to be future-proofed, here are four tech skills that are in demand and sure to help you land a career and be able to thrive amid the shifts.

Data analytics comprehension

As most companies adopt cloud-based and automated systems – it means that a lot of records and data that would have been stored away in file cabinets and boxed-up paper trails are all encrypted data files living on a digital system or platform. Being able to effectively analyse, condense, identify patterns in the data, and convey what the data has to say is an essential tech skill to have in any industry using a digital automated or cloud platform for record keeping and data processing.

Data science

Similarly, you’ll need to be able to understand data science. This way you're able to provide insights on data and research effectively and accurately for companies that will help them to refine their products, expand their business, and stay ahead of their competition.

Cloud computing

And since many companies are joining the cloud one way or another to back up data files, it’s important to have skills that will help to understand how to use and adapt to using cloud platforms to their full potential.

Online sales administration

Another skill worth picking up - that blends tech and sales - is knowing how to use cloud-based sales and customer relationship management platforms, like Salesforce, to their full potential and in a way that serves the company and client most efficiently.

To help you get acquainted with these four in-demand skills, leading technology training provider ALX is offering four courses that cater to each on their platform. Typically, these courses range between R135 000 and R700 000 in value. However, in an effort to bridge the affordability gap, ALX will be offering fully funded placements to these programmes to eligible candidates at no cost, thanks to their incredible partnership with the Mastercard Foundation.

Divesh Sookah, the General Manager of ALX South Africa explains how their company aims to develop courses that offer South Africans the opportunity to prepare, launch, and grow their careers in tech by providing job-relevant and ready training that addresses the current skills shortage seen in industries locally and abroad.

“ALX is committed to providing students with a completely integrated approach to training, also developing soft skills for the workplace that help our students build successful careers. We want our students to develop as well-rounded tech professionals who are equipped with both the technical proficiencies and soft skills that will enable them to thrive in the future of work,” says Sooka.

The applications for the below four courses close on 27 March 2023 – and more information on them can be found via their ALX website:

While the courses are exclusively available in Johannesburg – they use a hybrid learning format which sees students studying online and in class. Interested candidates don’t need any previous experience or background in IT and can apply or find out more at

This post was sponsored by ALX and produced by Adspace Studio.

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