Adapting to Change in the Workplace

31st Jan 2019
students at the american university of sharjah

We all know the workplace of today looks dramatically different to the workplace of yesterday. It’s changing at a pace never seen before, and besides the clear technological changes (computers replacing typewriters, robots replacing people) social changes has ushered more women into what used to be predominantly a man’s world!

Mums@Work catch up with American University of Sharjah to understand more about the changes and how we can best equip ourselves for the future. We learn the importance of managing our career to ensure professional skills are up to date, and most importantly relevant to the jobs of tomorrow. No longer are jobs confined to one skill-set or one industry, professional success now requires constant learning, adaptation and innovation.

Gain transferrable skills 

Roles in sales, business and financial operations and office & administration are all under threat from automation. Tomorrow’s jobs aren’t about what you already know, but what you are willing to learn. Instead of fixating on a certain job title, think about transferable skills like coding, writing, managing, strategy and information technology that will still be applicable despite changing job titles. 

Disrupt yourself

In today’s world, it’s not just about IQ, it’s about your desire to learn new skills and adapt to the rapidly changing environment. There is now more emphasis on seeking new skills and updating skills you already have. Proactively seek out new skills that may support you with your career journey.  This may mean upskilling or keeping your skills sharp – take a look at our Academic programs from our MBA to master programs in engineering as well as a PhD programs .

Believe you can change  

Probably the most important aspect- remember your past degree doesn’t make who you are today. Change that Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset - believe in yourself, embrace the change, improve and acquire new skills. Whatever your ambition, a degree from American University of Sharjah (AUS) can set you apart and prepare you for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Renowned as one of the Middle East’s leading centers of academic excellence, AUS has come a long way since its inception in 1997. Founded by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, the university’s initial acclaim came from its strong liberal arts foundation. AUS is building upon that foundation to chart a new course in research and innovation in the Gulf, making it one of the most sought-after universities in the region.

At AUS, we are committed to providing our students with the best education and experience so that they are able to compete successfully at the global level. Our diverse community consists of students and faculty from more than 90 countries, preparing our graduates for a multicultural workplace.

Our outstanding graduate programs, which includes one of the region’s most highly-regarded MBA programs, are designed to nurture and develop ambition, creating individuals ready to innovate and lead. Many of those undertaking our graduate programs are typically engaged in demanding, time-consuming careers. With this in mind, our graduate programs are designed to offer maximum flexibility, with part-time study and evening classes.

For individuals looking to move ahead in their careers, the university’s executive education program offers open enrollment courses, professional certificates and Mini-MBAs for executives, designed to give ambitious people the tools and knowledge to stand out in competitive industries.

Our degree programs are recognized both locally and internationally. AUS is licensed and its programs are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the UAE Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs Division. AUS has been accredited in the USA by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since June 2004.

Please see below our Graduate programs:

  •          Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  •          A Mini-MBA for Executives
  •          Master of Urban Planning (MUP)
  •          Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)
  •          We also offer 8 master’s programs in engineering as well as a PhD program


 For more information on our graduate programs, click here.

To find out more about our academic programs and our vibrant, multicultural campus life, please click here.

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