"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn."- Alvin Toffler
Want to make yourself indispensable to future employers?
You need to develop more than simply technical skills, unfortunately. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution and the pace of change quickens, the skills required to prosper in the workplace evolve as well.
how succeeding in the digital world also requires us to understand how technology will impact our world. We will also need to cultivate critical soft skills so we can do the things machines can’t.
Let's look at some of the skills that employers will be looking for in the following ten years.
1. Critical Thinking
The most important ability to develop for success in this age of fake news, social media bubbles, and information overload is critical thinking. Thinking critically entails evaluating issues and circumstances in light of the available data rather than rumour, one's own biases, or personal views. By using critical thinking, you may determine what is true and what is not in a range of scenarios by challenging the reliability of the evidence.
“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” - E. O. Wilson
Have you ever questioned what true creativity is? It can be described as "the act of bringing imaginative ideas to life," for example. One of the most in-demand abilities in the workplace of the future will be creativity, especially as we turn increasingly more regular duties up to computers. In the workplace of the future, creative thinking skills such as problem-solving, coming up with fresh ideas, seeing beyond the obvious, and putting ideas into practice to address problems and improve situations will be crucial.
“Steal like an artist. Or go wild: Take it a step further and cheat like a freaking champion.” - Austin Kleon
3. Digital Literacy
Digital literacy refers to the skill to learn, work, and navigate our digital world on a daily basis. These skills include the capacity to utilize hardware, software, and apps in a secure and assured manner. Strong users of digital tools can collaborate and communicate with ease. They also stay current on new technologies and are aware of how they might affect their job and business.
“We are analog beings living in a digital world, facing a quantum future.” - Neil Turok
4. Data Literacy
For most companies, data is now one of their most important and valuable business assets, which means organizations will want to employ people that are able to take data and use it effectively. In the average business context, data literacy means being able to access appropriate data and work with it confidently. To cultivate data literacy, working on extracting meaning from data and communicating data-based insights to others. With data literacy, you'll also be able to question the integrity and validity of any data you are working with rather than just blindly following the information you are given.
“Data is the new oil”- Clive Humby
5. Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is the ability to express and control our emotions. An emotionally intelligent person is aware of how their emotions influence their own behaviours and impact others around them and can manage those emotions accordingly. I believe empathy – the ability to see the world from someone else's perspective – is a key component of emotional intelligence.
“Be committed to the process without being emotionally attached to the results.” - Inky Johnson
The nature of collaboration and teamwork is changing as teams evolve to include hybrid workers, fully remote workers, contractors, and other employees who flow between projects and teams. In this changing workplace, you will need to be able to effectively collaborate and communicate with a variety of colleagues and coworkers.
“Knowledge, when shared, becomes like a grand, collective, intergenerational collaboration.” - Tim Urban
7. Leadership Skills
Good leadership is about bringing out the best in others and ensuring their success. And if you believe that people at the top of the corporate ladder are the only ones that need leadership abilities, think again. Whether a person is in charge of a project, a team, or an entire department, leadership abilities will be crucial due to factors including remote teams, growing diversity, the gig economy, and more fluid organizational structures.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams
8. Time Management
Whether you work from home, work full-time in an office, run your own business, or work for an organization, the ability to manage your time effectively is essential for your workplace performance. Remember that time management is about working smarter rather than harder. Putting in extra hours isn't necessary for people who are great at managing their time. They know when they are most productive and use this time wisely, reserving their less productive hours for other tasks. Cultivating effective time management skills is also important for your mental health. When you can manage your time effectively, you create a better work/life balance to ensure you have room in your life for the things that are most important to you.
“Spend more time making the big decisions. There are basically three really big decisions you make in your early life: where you live, who you're with, and what you're doing.” - Naval Ravikant
Are you open to new experiences? Change will be a more important driving force in the workplace of the future than it is now. We'll always have to deal with emerging technology, increasing automation, the speed of work changing quickly, and significant corporate disruptions. We must all cultivate the mental fortitude necessary to prosper in an era of perpetual change. Developing flexibility requires adaptability, or the capacity to change course in response to changing circumstances. Because they concentrate on opportunities rather than challenges, those who are adaptable are curious, open-minded, and eager to learn new things.
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” - Dale Carnegie
10. Curiosity and Continuous Learning
Curiosity is the one quality that I believe everyone should strive to develop. Regardless of your age or profession, embracing a continuous learning attitude is essential to succeeding in the workplace of the future. You will be more open to change if you are curious and committed to learning new things. You will also be better able to adapt to major changes in the workplace today if you keep your skills up to date. You want to offer yourself the best chance to live a successful, satisfying life while remaining relevant to employers. Develop a growth mentality and pique your curiosity.
“Be curious read widely, Try new things. What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.” - Aaron Swartz
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