Source | LinkedIn | Bernard Marr | Internationally best-selling author, keynote speaker, futurist, and strategic business & technology advisor
Our workplaces are changing, and the changes are dramatic. Professionals need to pay attention to and prepare for the workplaces of the future. An important aspect of this preparation is to develop the job skills that will help you succeed and thrive in the new reality of the next decade. Consider how your own career has evolved over the last five years, and you can imagine how much it may change in the next five. These are the most important job skills for the future, and there’s no better time than now to start building them.
Why all the change?
The pace of change is being driven by several factors. Our world is more interconnected than ever before, allowing us to work remotely and work with people from different cultures as easily as if they were in the office next door. People are living and working longer, which creates an age-diverse workforce. In addition, what was once science fiction has become a reality for many of us—machines augment our skills, free us up to focus on higher-level activities, and can even be our colleagues today. We are now collecting and able to process data to use it to our business advantage in a way that was never possible previously.
With all these changes, the skills employers will seek from their human workforce and what professionals need to develop as marketable skills to get the jobs of the future have changed.
5 Most Important Job Skills for the Future
1. Emotional intelligence
Organizations have been looking for people who are emotionally intelligent for quite some time, but it’s becoming more and more important. What is emotional intelligence? It’s our ability to understand and express our own emotions, as well as understand someone else’s emotions. Developing emotional intelligence (EQ) is something everyone should be focusing on.