According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, “On average, by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today, according to our respondents. Overall, social skills—such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others—will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control. In essence, technical skills will need to be supplemented with strong social and collaboration skills.”
The top 10 skills that will be needed across all industries are (in priority order) complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgment and decision making, service orientation, negotiation, and cognitive flexibility.
Take a quick inventory of how you rate on these parameters to determine where you might need to develop your skills. If you’re particularly strong in an area, make sure that you are making others appropriately aware of your abilities so that the company can fully benefit from them (and you can get even better.)
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