Students and graduates all over the world have faced a whirlwind of difficulties this year due to the global pandemic. Thankfully, many are still taking their education and career as far as possible by continuing to pursue internships and positions within their field. While some industries have suffered more than others from the pandemic, there\u2019s still great opportunity to squeeze your way into the modern-day workforce as a student or recent graduate. A great way to do this is by fully educating yourself on different types of technologies out there. No matter what field of work you are entering, 77% of jobs will require some sort of technical skill this year making it so important to learn what new innovations are out there.\u00a0 Artificial Intelligence Artificial intelligence (AI) has become one of the largest technology leaders within a number of industries in recent years. From retail to healthcare, businesses are looking for faster and more efficient ways to process information, analyze it, and produce effective results and services for customers. Artificial intelligence essentially uses machine learning to mimic the intelligence and actions of humans. It receives inputs and data from a source and compiles it over time to produce an efficient and helpful output. The healthcare industry, for example, is riddled with AI in everything from the receptionist\u2019s desk to the surgery table, so understanding its use and benefits is key. On its largest scale within the industry, AI has been used to assist with high-risk surgeries. By operating on patients with AI-operated machines, patients have a lower risk of infection, blood loss, and pain while the machine typically showcases more accuracy than a human surgeon. Automation Similarly, automation has become an increasingly popular technology that has taken over a range of industries as well. Specifically, within financial and accounting businesses, the use of robotic process automation (RPA) is expected to drive as much as 50% of financial processes in the years to come. Understanding the ins and outs of RPA for finance early on in your career will ultimately help you to drive efficiency within your entire company and yourself, as an individual employee. To learn these skills before you start applying to jobs, you can enroll in a number of automation courses and learning experiences available online ahead of time. Blockchain Lastly, many industries have seen a spike in the use of blockchain technology as well. Specifically, within education, blockchain has been effective for coping with students\u2019 special needs. In essence, the technology can help to track academic growth and success through its abundance of compiled data. It is very much a new and emerging technology within schools and universities which makes it even more impressive when job-seekers have an understanding of its benefits. As the education system changes post-COVID, we will likely see an increase in the use of such an impactful system like blockchain. While these are only a few examples of the many technologies available to learn about before entering the workforce, I challenge you to devote time to educate yourself on new innovations like AI, automation, and blockchain. The knowledge and experience you gain from these systems can become strong difference-makers within your job search. Please be advised that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog are solely that of the author or his\/her sources and do not necessarily reflect\u00a0those of English Forward. This includes, but is not limited to, third-party content contained on or accessible through the English Forward websites and web pages or sites displayed as search results or contained within a directory of links on the English Forward network.