According to the World Economic Forum, the influences shaping the world we live & work in include; changing demographics, global economic power, rapid urbanisation, resource scarcity, and technological breakthroughs.
Technical skills will continue to lay the foundation for a strong career, however to achieve career longevity and fulfilment you will need to supplement specialised capabilities with strong social, creative and collaboration skills.
The top five skills the World Economic Forum have identified to be of increasing value to future workplaces…
Creativity – If you’re able to connect the dots with seemingly disparate information, and throw all the ideas together to present something ‘new’, then you are a creative person.
Emotional intelligence – Understanding & managing our own behaviour and adjusting our behaviour depending on the mood of a colleague or customer.
Complex problem solving – The ability to ‘solve novel, ill-defined, multi-dimensional problems in complex, real-world settings.’
Judgement and decision making – Given the speed at which volume of data can be generated and accessed, there will be a growing need to analyse the numbers, find actionable insights, to inform business strategy and decisions.
Cognitive flexibility – the mental ability to switch between thinking about two different concepts, and to think about multiple concepts simultaneously.