Acquiring the Skills of the Future

The human touch is more important than ever before. Today and in the future, soft skills will tap human potential and allow people to augment robots.

 
In some areas, humans still have a leg up on the robots. Soft skills like creativity, emotional intelligence, curiosity and writing are some of the crucial skills that are needed in the human workforce of the future. 
 
ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO Jonas Prising calls this the Human Age 2.0, where companies must upskill and adapt to a fast-changing world of work to stand out in a faster-paced, global market. In this new era, here are ways to acquire some of the skills of tomorrow: 
 
Creativity  
One of the ways to differentiate yourself is to become the person known for generating the greatest and most creative ideas. This process shouldn’t be viewed as another thing to add to an already over-scheduled day, but viewed as a means to create a competitive advantage. Follow this model for producing ideas to make the creative process more accessible.
 
Emotional intelligence 
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is defined as an individual’s ability to see emotion in others, integrate emotion into decisions, understand the implications emotion can have and manage emotion. For individuals, EI can be a vehicle to upward mobility. For organizations, it can help develop leadership and improve collaboration. To increase this skill, work on improving self-awareness, which boosts EI. 
 
Curiosity 
Becoming a lifelong learning – also known as learnability – will feed your curiosity and open up possibilities for innovation. Find an online course that interests you. Push yourself to join a reading challenge. Learning to meditate or take a yoga class. When was the last time you visited the museum, art gallery, zoo, or science center? There are many opportunities to learn new things, which will help you bring your best and most engaging self to work.  
 
Writing 
As with anything, improving your writing skills will take practice. And if you are not a good writer, there are many excellent free online courses that you can take, and they vary in completion times, and levels of difficulty. Some of these courses are self-paced, while others you have to take during a specific time span, although you have some flexibility in the time of day that you work on them.
 
If you find yourself falling into a rut, you will become more robotic, which reduces how you differentiate yourself in this new economy. Hold onto your uniqueness and there will continue to be a place for your human touch. 
 

 

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