Granted the fact that the year 2020 was a hell of a year, business people have had to learn how to toughen their shells and become better versions of themselves. The question is – what skills comprise the ‘better version of themselves’ in question.

In Hirav Shah’s opinion, the skills that need to be acquired in 2021 stem directly from the business trends predicted for the year to come.
Hence, as a business, you should think about developing the following, says Hirav Shah, India’s most influential strategist, adviser and consultant.

1.Data analysis skills

Data is the oil of the 21st century. However, there is little to no use in raw data. To make it valuable to your business, you need to be able to process it according to your business’ needs.
In a nutshell, for a digital economy, data analysis is a useful strategy for organizations to better understand their market, predict and plan strategies accordingly. The reports and predictive analysis prepared by data analysts help drive key decisions in business operations, product development and strategy. A Data Analyst is another key speciality whose demand has surged in recent times.

2.Mobile software development


We’re shifting further and further away from desktops. It’s all about mobile devices now. It’s predicted that in the next couple of years mobile devices will completely replace computers, and the majority of traffic will be generated from mobile. So, you need to hop on the trend now!

3.Project management skills, including time-optimisation

You need to learn how to organise, adapt and prioritise. If 2020 taught us anything, it’s definitely all about being flexible and adjustable to the situation. In order to allow yourself to have those traits, you need to always have a solid contingency plan in place, which can only be achieved through great management of processes and tasks. In 2021, however, it’s less about you, personally, and more about you being able to streamline your processes by automating them.

4.Artificial intelligence and machine learning skills

AI takeover is long-tie anticipated, but in 2021 it has actually started speeding up.
This year, enterprises will beef up AI governance across their organizations by instituting strong model assurance within their machine learning operational workflows. This will become an essential capability for ensuring that AI apps carry out their intended functions accurately while steering clear of privacy violations, demographic biases, and other adverse algorithmic outcomes. Vendors of AI governance platforms will extend their ability to deploy and manage a steady stream of assured models all the way to edge devices.

5.Graphic Designing

Graphic designing is another key speciality that is high in demand. Graphic designers use visual enhancement software such as Illustrator, Photoshop etc. to create visual concepts and layouts that communicate effectively and captivate the viewers. In an age of infographics and visual appeals, content is no more limited to words.

It encompasses an entire array of visual elements, informative figures, charts, statistics etc. Presenting these elements in an aesthetically appealing and creative way is what graphic designers are required to do. If you have a creative bent of mind, undertaking graphic design courses can help you chart a new career trajectory for yourself.


There’s no question that the current global situation is going to leave a mark. Regardless of how you feel about the pandemic—and the regulations being implemented to address it—the last year has changed us. To what end?
It’s not yet clear, but the one thing we do know is that, we have a choice in how we approach this new phase—as individuals, as practice owners and as a professional community.

For example, upgrading and mastering the above mentioned skill-sets is one area that needs to be focussed NOW, Asserts Hirav Shah.
And to always guide us and help us counter and beat all future uncertainties and blows, there is Astro-Strategy.
And Astro-Strategy is the one and only tool that can aid us to become invincible in business, career and life, Concludes Hirav Shah, India’s Leading Astro-Strategist.