We live in a world of accelerating change. The demands of the job industry are changing more rapidly than ever before due to technological advancements. New industries are being created as old ones are becoming obsolete. According to research from the World Economic Forum, 35% of the skills necessary to thrive in a job today will be different five years from now and 65% of the jobs elementary school students will be doing in the future don’t even exist yet. Therefore, the skills that we use now in the workplace are not necessarily the same skills we’ll need in the future.
So… in which skills do you think you should invest your time learning as you prepare for the future? Here are some skills that you should take into consideration:
At the pace in which the industry is changing, employees must stay in learning mode, so their skills don’t lose currency. According to research, it is likely that workers will need to upskill 15-20 times to make sure they have the opportunity to grow and have a successful career, that is why the ability to learn can be considered the next “hot” skill.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
People have spent so much time answering questions that they often fail to learn how to ask questions. Asking questions—and asking good ones—is a foundation of critical thinking. Before solving a problem, people must be able to critically analyze and question what is causing it – that’s why critical thinking and problem solving are coupled together.
Collaboration across Networks
One of the major trends today is the rise of the contingent workforce. Until 2020, non-permanent and remote workers are expected to make up 40 percent of the average company’s total workforce. Multinational corporations are having their teams of employees collaborate at different offices across the world. Technology has allowed work and collaboration to exceed geographical boundaries. However, collaboration across digital networks and with individuals from radically different backgrounds is something most workers need to be prepared for.
We live in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. Hence, it’s important to be able to adapt and re-define one’s strategy. Particularly, employees will have to equip themselves appropriately to deal with these future changes – they will have to adapt with skills synced with ever-changing trends beforehand to be ready when the opportunity comes.
We now live in the information age. Every day there are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created. This would fill 10 million Blu-ray disks. While our access to information has dramatically increased, so has our access to misinformation. In the age of fake news, an active and informed citizen will have to be able to assess information from many different sources through a critical lens.
Curiosity is a powerful driver of new knowledge and innovation. Curiosity is career fuel. Creativity will become one of the top three skills workers will need. With the avalanche of new products, new technologies and new ways of working, workers are going to have to become more creative in order to benefit from these changes. Robots may help us get to where we want to be faster, but they can’t be as creative as humans (yet).
Are you ready to upskill?
Sources: https://www-forbes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.forbes.com/sites/kevinhjohnson/2018/07/31/the-most-important-skill-for-21st-century-success/amp/ https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/10/the-most-important-skills-of-tomorrow-according-to-five-global-leaders/