To thrive, workers will need to learn new skills, as well as improve their collaboration, problem-solving and leadership abilities
As technology rapidly evolves and the job market undergoes dynamic shifts, the skillset required for workplace success is undergoing a transformation. In the midst of the new industrial revolution, staying ahead necessitates the cultivation of these skills, which not only enhance job performance but also foster personal growth and adaptability.
Millennials and Gen X workers exhibit optimism regarding their career growth prospects and a whopping 88 per cent of Indian workers are committed to continuous learning throughout their careers to remain relevant and appealing to employers, according to the Pearson Skills Outlook report. According to the report, the top skills that will appeal to Indian employers in the next 5-10 years include artificial intelligence/ machine learning, data processing and coding/ programming.
Here, we explore the essential human skills that will be in high demand in the future.
Collaboration and problem-solving
The nature of work is evolving, with teams becoming increasingly diverse and remote. Collaboration skills are essential for effectively working with colleagues, whether they are in the office or halfway around the world. Effective communication, teamwork and adaptability are crucial for building successful collaborations.
In an era of information overload and misinformation, critical thinking is paramount. Cultivating critical thinking enables you to discern fact from fiction and make well-informed decisions, a vital skill in both professional and personal life.
In a world where digital technologies are omnipresent, digital literacy is no longer an option but a necessity. Digital literacy enables individuals to communicate, collaborate and adapt to new technologies effectively. Staying informed about emerging technologies and their potential impact on your work and industry is key to thriving in the digital age.
Data is now the lifeblood of businesses, making data literacy a valuable skill. It involves the ability to access, analyse, and interpret data to make informed decisions. As organisations increasingly rely on data-driven decision-making, data literacy is a skill that will set you apart.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, manage, and express one's emotions, as well as empathise with others. Being emotionally intelligent allows individuals to build stronger relationships, navigate workplace challenges and adapt to changing social dynamics.
Curiosity and continuous learning
Nurturing curiosity and maintaining a steadfast dedication to ongoing learning are non-negotiable. Embracing a growth-oriented mindset and a genuine thirst for new knowledge are the cornerstones of staying adaptable and pertinent. Moreover, certifications offered by professional organisations and online platforms carry substantial significance, further enhancing your professional standing.
Communication, though perennially vital, has taken on fresh significance in the digital era. Effective communication relies on critical skills such as storytelling, public speaking, the ability to distil complex information and active listening. Proficiency in English is recognised as a pivotal skill for career advancement, and apps like Mondly have introduced gamified learning experiences that allow individuals to master the language at their own pace.
Self-management involves understanding your emotions, triggers, and strengths. It includes self-control, self-motivation, and integrity. Self-aware individuals can navigate challenges with resilience and maturity, contributing to their personal and professional growth.
Even if you're not in a traditional leadership role, leadership skills are highly valuable. These skills include role modelling, crafting a compelling vision, organisational awareness, decisiveness, grit and the ability to cope with uncertainty. Developing leadership skills can set you on a path to lead and inspire others.
As the workplace continues to evolve in the face of technological advancements and global changes, human skills are becoming increasingly valuable. Cultivating these skills will not only enhance your employability but also enrich your personal life. Embrace the journey of continuous learning and self-improvement to stay ahead in the ever-changing world of work.
The author is country head, Pearson India
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