4 Career Skills to Prepare You for the Future of Work

As digital technologies continue to impact the way we work and approach our education, the phrase ‘future of work’ is increasingly thrown around by job and career experts. While the phrase itself carries a certain air of uncertainty, a lot of concepts often associated with the future of work is the growing presence of artificial intelligence and robots. In a future where machines and AI are feared to take over human jobs, what can we do to better equip ourselves for the already disruptive future of work?

According to a 2016 report by the World Economic Forum, the top 10 skills that employers, HR, and strategy officers from global organizations specifically look for in future employees regardless of the industry or the geography include more human-centric skills instead of technical or technological. Skills such as emotional intelligence, creativity, and critical thinking are now more highly ranked by employers compared to four years ago.

Investing in bettering yourself in the aforementioned areas can help you not only compete, but possibly work alongside machines in your respective industry in the future without feeling threatened by replacement or job loss. To help you figure out the skills you can start working on today, here are some crucial career skills you need to learn according to Inc.com, regardless of your professional endeavors:

  1. Effective Communication. As our world of work continues to transform under the influence of constantly evolving digital technologies, so do our means and forms of communication. Learning to communicate more efficiently, whether verbally, orally, phone-based or even written is fundamental to your career and individual success.
  2. Critical Thinking. Yes, even in this age of artificial intelligence and robot workers, it’s important that we spend the time to improve our ability to critically assess situations and reach creative solutions. Being critical thinkers means being able to acknowledge, analyze, and solve problems while actively looking for possible improvements.
  3. Teamwork and Delegation. Teamwork in the workplace is inevitable. Being able to collaborate with your peers or your supervisors helps prepare you for future and potential leadership roles where you may have to delegate work to others. In an increasingly fast-paced world, not knowing how to work without teamwork skills will only slow down the operation.
  4. Confidence. This one may seem like the more abstract of the rest, but practicing and projecting confidence as employees earns you greater respect and efficiency in the long run. While working on your confidence may seem like a lengthy work in progress, paying attention to your body language and developing a positive mindset is a good start!

If you want to succeed and stand out in the future of work, learn this importance of human-based skills in spite of the technological growth surrounding us. The best part is, it’s never too early or too late to start honing these skills!

– Darleen Dumaguin