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Post-pandemic: What skills will you need to thrive?

'The pandemic has delivered 10 years' worth of anticipated change, in less than 10 months'

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Digital transformation is profoundly changing the nature of work and forward-thinking leaders recognise we’re living in the midst of ‘The Great Acceleration’. Whilst HR leaders have been planning for the future of work for some time the COVID pandemic has greatly accelerated these trends. Developments that seemed far-off have suddenly arrived as leaders scrambled to formulate new business models and approaches.

Vicky Knight, associate dean of international programmes at BPP Education Group, in her recent presentation at The Digital Leadership ‘Asian Futures’ Series, noted that the impact of the pandemic has delivered 10 years’ worth of anticipated change, in less than 10 months.

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2020 Future of Jobs Survey has estimated that by 2025, 85 million jobs will be displaced by shifting the division of labour between humans, machines and algorithms. But the news is not all bad – their research also identified a potential 97 million new roles that will emerge as a result of deepening technological integration.

These new roles are creating a growing demand for new skills and capabilities across the workforce, with technological adoption driving the need for technical skills to harness the opportunities of digital transformation, but at the same time, people skills are an increasingly important part of the 2025 skills agenda.

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