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How to Equip Yourself With The Skills of The Future

The workplace as we know it is rapidly transforming. In five years from now, over one-third of skills (35%) that are considered important in today’s workforce will have changed, according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report. From accounting to law, these ‘hard skills’ are under threat from artificial intelligence (AI). At the same time, those skills considered ‘soft’ are set to become the drivers of business growth.

The Five C’s of Future Skills

Creativity

Creativity is becoming sought after as machine learning and artificial intelligence start to outperform humans on more repetitive and non-creative tasks.  

Creativity is not some mysterious talent that only a few possess, but is a skill that can be harnessed and given market value. There are many ways to unleash your creative prowess, but showing your ability to think out the box is slightly trickier.

It’s a good idea to find a creative outlet, and start practicing something that gets the left side of the brain working.

One of the easiest (and cost-effective) ways of showing off your creativity to employers is to create your own blog. Posting regular articles, videos and images, provides a catalogue of your self-expression that’s ideal for sharing with recruiters, provided the information is relevant to their industry

Creativity is also about ingenuity and problem-solving. If you’re going into an interview think about ways you can show this off.

  • Think of a problem you faced
  • How you came up with a solution
  • How you implemented it
  • What were the results

Being creative doesn’t mean you have to produce ground-breaking art or design. Your unique blend of creativity includes how you solve problems and your ability to see things differently.

Collaboration

The workplace has changed from climbing the corporate ladder to traversing the ladder. Millennials aren’t as focused on climbing the corporate ladder as they are in learning new skills and engaging in diverse networks, by changing roles and having new experiences. This leads to an optimal exchange of ideas. Often creativity and idea generation happens during social interactions. The legendary Bell Labs, founded by Alexander Graham Bell in 1925, was built on the belief that the sharing of ideas between researchers, developers and theorists will generate innovations. And it did – the transistor, laser, and radio astronomy to name a few.

By forging connections, trying new things, continuously learning and being open to new experiences, you’re perceived to be collaborative – employers are always looking for team players.

Critical thinking

We live in a world of information overload. The ability to critically analyse information is what sets the average apart form the best. Critical thinking is not just an automatic thought process. It’s a skill where we learn not to make decisions based on personal biases or irrational emotions. It is possible to exercise control over emotions, starting with self-reflection. This involves a level of introspection and becoming your own critic. Ask yourself why you reacted in a certain way, or why you think the way you do. Part of this involves developing IQ, something that all great managers and leaders do.

Communication

Ironically, despite all the channels of communication – SMSs, Skype, social media and emails – the actual art of communication is diminishing, with people struggling to effectively articulate their goals, targets, projects, what outcomes they want and who’s role it is. Understanding the various communications channels, their pros and cons, and how to use them effectively, will be attractive to employers. Getting familiar with project management apps like Trello and Asana, will show that you’re on top of the trends in communication and management.  One of the best ways to become a better communicator is to practice listening. Observing how others communicate will help you understand a situation and build empathy.  

Curiosity

Curiosity helps us find the problems we need to solve for customers. Developing an ability to walk in your customers shoes and understand what they experience is essential. You can improve your curiosity about the world by reading, getting involved in clubs and extra-mural activities. Taking a creative course is a brilliant way to open your mind to new experiences and new ways of thinking. Showing an employer that you’re comfortable being exposed to new situations and different cultures is highly attractive. Having experiences on your CV shows you’re curious by nature with an open world view.

The future is always uncertain, but it’s during uncertain times that great things happen. Our range of industry aligned courses help equip you with the in-demand skills so you can take the next step in your career. We’re always in step with workplace trends to ensure you’re one step ahead of the game with us.  

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