Soft Skills of Tomorrow
Rapid Shift of the Workplace
AI and automation have resulted in the emergence of new positions and skills. Additionally, they have transformed soft skills into a necessary asset. Emotional intelligence, effective leadership, resilience, effective communication, and sharp industry knowledge are the most demanded soft skills for the future.
The fourth industrial revolution comes with a plethora of new needs. With technological innovations, new skill sets are now requiring roles to be adjusted. Successive technological breakthroughs will exert their pressure and will automate jobs. Per McKinsey's research, 1 in 3 workers will need to secure new jobs by 2030. Nonetheless, new jobs will be created to replace the previous ones. This will be an opportunity for expatriate partners.
Over a third of the abilities we believe are currently relevant will be obsolete tomorrow. That is due to new technologies, which caused a fear of unemployment. However, there has been a rise in investment towards personnel development. Moreover, it is a priority to guarantee employees will have adequate skills in the future workplace.
Yet, automation cannot completely replace all factors. Soft skills, such as critical analysis, emotional intelligence, creativity, and entrepreneurship, are becoming increasingly important as technology is unable to entirely eliminate ergonomics.
Top 10 Soft Skills Recruiters Look For*
*according to the World Economic Forum's report: "The future of jobs (2020):
1. Problem-solving in a complex environment
To work alongside AI robots, you will need to be able to identify connections between industries and come up with innovative solutions to issues that have yet to materialize.
It's the same, in a team, find a solution instead of looking for the "guilty" is precious quality.
Example: How Facebook dealt with their recent online blackout?
2. Critical thinking abilities
Industries cover multiple areas and are interconnected. Namely, computer science, engineering, and biology. Consequently, those who can transform data into meaningful insights will be greatly coveted.
And also critical thinking could save life, jobs... create new opportunities in any company.
Example: criticize "positively" ideas or projects to tell what could be improved.
The capacity to generate anything out of ideas and the quality of unpredictability are abilities that remain valuable.
Example: Creating an innovative marketing strategy, create a new product, a new process ...
Robots can learn cognitive and quantitative skills independently. However, they cannot take over executive and management positions that need interpersonal skills.
Example: Mentoring the new intern, and teaching them valuable skills.
5. Collaboration with others
In every business, effective communication and team cooperation abilities will be in high demand among recruiters.
Example: Taking the initiative of organizing a team meeting on Zoom.
6. Emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence traits are going to be sought after in the upcoming decade. Compassion and curiosity are going to be major evaluation factors for prospective employees.
Example: Using positive reinforcement with your employee who is dealing with personal issues.
7. Judgment and decision-making
In the information area, we will frequently find ourselves dealing with massive volumes of data. The ability to compress this data into insightful interpretations and calibrated decisions using data analytics will be key.
Example: Taking into account logic and emotions before making an executive decision.
8. Service orientation
Firms seek to solve societal challenges because community involvement is becoming crucial. Accordingly, providing quality to clients in the form of services and assistance will be in high demand.
Example: Discovering a new way to interact and exchange with your customers.
In impacted industries, the ability to negotiate with firms and individuals to come up with win-win scenarios is a talent that will be required to exist.
Example: Negotiating a legal settlement with an opposing attorney.
To be competitive in linked industries, you'll need to be able to transition across different personas to meet the challenge at hand.
Example: Adaptability to people, adaptability to switch between a creative and logical mindset.
An approaching automation-dominated era
In conclusion, technology will undoubtedly play a significant role in future work environments.
We are beginning to reach a world dominated by robots, in which the value of being human is increasing.
Those with a multicultural profile will be the leaders of tomorrow.
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