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Career10 essential skills for the future of work
Strategy and technology consultant Bernard Marr has put together ten competencies on his website that he believes employees will need to be successful in the workplace of the future. "Since the half-life of a skill has dropped from 30 years to an average of 6 years, it is time for all of us to acquire skills that will make us valuable resources in the future workplace," emphasizes the author.
# 1 creativity
The human workforce of the future will need to be creative in order to take full advantage of new products, ways of working and technologies. Future jobs will require new ways of thinking, and robots cannot currently compete with humans when it comes to creativity.
# 2 emotional intelligence (EQ)
The ability of a person to be aware of, control and express their own emotions, and perceive the emotions of others, is called emotional intelligence. When you have a high EQ, you are empathetic and can work well with others. A machine cannot simply replace this ability, so people with a high EQ would be in demand, writes Marr.
# 3 Analytical thinking
A person who can think critically can propose innovative solutions and ideas, solve complex problems with the help of logic, and evaluate arguments. He can analyze the flow of information from different sources, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of a situation and be open to the best possible solution. Employees with analytical thinking are needed to control the division of labor between man and machine.
# 4 Active learning
Anyone who wants to work successfully in the future must continuously learn and develop actively. To do this, he must be clearly aware that skills must also be trained and that such an effort leads to better performance. People with such a growth mentality take on challenges, learn from mistakes, and actively look for new knowledge.
# 5 Judgment and decision making
Making decisions on the job will become more and more complex in the future. While machines can process data and information and provide insights that would have been impossible for humans to collect, the decision ultimately has to be made by humans. Because only he can see the broader impact of the decision on other business areas and employees. As technology takes on more menial and mundane tasks, it will give people more time to make higher-level decisions.
# 6 Interpersonal communication
Exchanging information will also be a crucial skill. This means that people should improve their skills to communicate efficiently with other people. It is also about the right tone of voice and the right body language to convey certain messages.
# 7 leadership skills
Qualities that are associated with leadership, such as being inspiring and helping others to develop, will be necessary in the future. Even if hierarchies have become flatter in many companies, individuals will still have to take on leadership roles in project teams.
# 8 diversity and cultural intelligence
As our world and our workplaces become more diverse, it is important that individuals have the ability to understand, respect and work with others - regardless of differences in origin, age, gender, sexual orientation and political or religious beliefs. The ability to understand and adapt to different colleagues will improve employee interaction - and possibly make a company's products and services more successful.
# 9 technology competence
Artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality and blockchains will increasingly be part of the world of work. This means that everyone will need a certain level of proficiency in using technology. On a basic level, everyone needs to be able to understand the potential impact of new technology on their industry, business, and job.
# 10 Be open to change
Due to the rapid change in the future world of work, people have to be open to changes and accept them. That means not only being flexible, but also adaptable. An essential skill will be to see changed workplaces not as a burden, but as an opportunity to grow, writes Marr.
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