6 skills you should master now to enter the future workforce

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6 skills you should master now to enter the future workforce


There’s no denying the world is changing. With the advancement of technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution set to turn life as we know it on its head, it’s not a question of what career path you should follow, but rather what skills you should acquire to get you there.

While artificial intelligence and automation are a reality, there is still very much a place and a need for humans in the jobs of the future, but it’s a matter of adapt or be replaced by robots. Future jobs will revolve around knowledge creation, innovation and problem-solving. In a nutshell, you need to make sure you have the following six necessary skills to future-proof yourself from career extinction.

1. Creativity and the ability to think outside the box

According to a report by the World Economic Forum, The Future of Jobs, creativity and the ability to think ‘outside the box’ will become one of the top three skills people will need to survive in the workplace. Robots and automation are yet to be able to ‘think’ laterally, so this is where humans can (and must) come to the fore.

2. Critical Thinking

How are you at making decisions? Do you believe there is always only one way to do things? The ability to perform mental gymnastics and look at a problem from a variety of viewpoints, analyse it and reconstruct it to form a solution or reach a conclusion is a critical skill needed to survive in the future workplace.

3. Leadership, emotional intelligence and people management

To not only manage, but to motivate, encourage, negotiate and lead a team is a skill that will not only take you far in the workplace of the future, but in life as well. Managers can easily be replaced, but a team leader who listens, displays empathy, emotional intelligence and encourages his team to strive for and achieve success, is gold. Plus, no robot can be programmed in the art of negotiation – an essential skill when it comes to leadership.

4. Emotional Intelligence and people skills

You’ll not only need people skills, but robot skills too! With technology becoming more and more integrated into the labour force, you will need to be able to learn to manage people and robots and ensure they work effectively and efficiently together. All of the above skills mentioned so far come in to play when it comes to emotional intelligence and people skills.

5. STEM and all things digital

Skills that will never be lost to AI include Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Sure, technology has taken over, but as a result, you will need these STEM skills more than even before, just to keep up! Also, learn all things digital; be up to date with online trends, social media, analytics, algorithms etc. The digital world is constantly evolving and you’ll need to stay up to date if you want to keep up.

6. Jack of all trades

Learn as much as you can about everything. In order to succeed in the future, you will need to reference all sorts of industries and areas of expertise to problem-solve and work effectively, so read, research and immerse yourself in all areas of life – you’ll never know when you’ll need it. Learnability is all about being able to grow and adapt in order to stay relevant, and ultimately succeed.

17 Sep 2018