As we look towards the future, it raises the question — what skills will we need to thrive in this brave new world?
A lot of persons are very confused as what the future job skills set would be. The outgoing 2020 came with a lot of challenges for plenty persons and families and many lost their jobs while many others are currently being threatened with sack letters, unemployment in several countries currently hitting the roof.
It’s now up to every employee to leverage on the current situation and reposition for the future to stay relevant.
Hence Let’s see what arsenal of skills the future demands of us going into 2021!
1. Emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence ‘is the other kind of smart.’ It’s that intangible ‘something’ that helps us tune into the human emotions, and measures how adept we are at adjusting our behaviour depending on the mood of a colleague, partner, family member, or even our own internal feelings.
When it comes to desirable skillsets, overall social skills—such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others — will be in higher demand across industries’ of the future.
Emotional intelligence literally informs every interaction we have. As Bradberry Author of Emotional intelligence 2.0 explains in an article for Forbes, ‘It affects how we manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results.’
Creativity is one of the most required skills set for the future. The World Economic Forum senior writer, Alex Gray explains, ‘With the avalanche of new products, new technologies and new ways of working, employees 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.’ he added.
Creativity is predicted to become a key skill in the future, so before you dismiss yourself as a ‘non-creative’ person, remember that creativity is not the exclusive domain of artistic types like musicians and writers.
3. Critical thinking
Being a critical thinker will still be a valued skillset in the nex future years.
But what does critical thinking actually involve?
Critical thinking simply involves logic and reasoning. Critical thinking involves being able to use logic and reasoning to interrogate an issue or problem, consider various solutions to the problem, and weigh up the pros and cons of each approach. Organisations in 2021 will see critical thinkers as highly employable, and a welcome addition to any team.
Negotiations is a very critical aspect of every business. As the pandemic held sway this year, social skills has proven that it will be more important than ever in the future.
Why? Because we’re far better at social interaction and negotiations than robots and the noise with AI.
Even people in purely technical occupations will soon be expected to show greater interpersonal skills, and being able to negotiate with your colleagues, managers, clients and teams will be high up on the list of desirable skills. So rush and get this skill ASAP!
5. Sense of Judgement and decision-making
The ability to make sound judgement calls is vital to move you up the list to nab the seventh spot by the end of 2021.
This isn’t surprising considering the sheer volume of data that organisations can now emass, and the growing need for employees who can sift through the numbers, find actionable insights, and use big data to inform business strategy and decisions.
How can you improve your decision-making skills immediately? Start getting a whole lot more comfortable with data. First, figure out what questions or problems you want to answer, then set aside time to explore new data tools and technologies that can help you collect this information. Once you have these two things, you’ll want to make Excel your best friend and learn how to manipulate the data.
So you have them up. Ensure you leverage on these skill set and set the bar higher in 2021. Let me know what you think in the comments section.