We are moving faster than ever before, and we are currently living through a transformation in the way we work. Automation, technology, algorithms and thinking machines are changing human tasks and jobs are changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people.

The more we move towards technological change the greater the need for us to develop our “human abilities” so that we can remain relevant. You will need to supplement specialised capabilities with strong social, transferable, and creative skills.

Here are 3 critical skills needed to enable you to future proof your employment.

Adaptability and Transferable skills – what are they and why do we need them? – They are the general skills you can use in many jobs. You gain these skills from previous jobs, projects, voluntary work, sport, your home life, hobbies, and interests. They support you to be adaptable and flexible in case you need to change job tasks.

Emotional intelligence – It is a skill that technology has yet been able to replicate. EQ helps us tune into the mixture of human emotions, and measure how adept we are at adjusting our behaviour depending on the mood of others, or even our own internal emotions.

Creativity – Creativity is predicted to become a key desired skill in the future. It is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways. People who are creative devise new ways to solve problems, implement solutions, develop strategies, or cut costs.

Artificial Intelligence and technology will only make these 3 skills more necessary and valuable because they are the skills robots cannot automate. It is time for all of us to begin acquiring skills that will make us more valuable resources in the future workplace.

What skill is the first one you intend to improve?

By Andre Elcham 19/06/2020

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