Every worker wants to make advancements in their career as time passes. To be considered for a promotion and to protect yourself from redundancy-induced unemployment, you must be willing to learn and apply new skills on the go.
The more frequently you learn a new skill, the more likely you’ll remain in the workforce now and in the future. However, not every skill that was in demand two decades ago is in demand today and some skills today will be obsolete in the next decade. So, the question you should be asking is: which skills are important for the future of work?
Adaptability is more or less the most important skill that is put into consideration when employers are recruiting. If you’re adaptable, you can learn any other skill whenever it is needed. Rather than fighting the change, you’ll learn to embrace it and look for new ways to get the job done. When companies are looking for people to lay off, the least adaptable people will be the first to go. The thing with adaptability is that it is a useful skill in every industry. So, it doesn’t matter where you work or where you intend to work in the next 20 years, you’ll always find adaptability useful.
2. Creative Thinking
How creative are you? Do you come up with incredible ideas for profit-making and problem solving or do you sit back and wait for others to make suggestions? The common misconception about creativity is that it is meant for artists and web designers alone. However, everyone, even engineers, needs to be creative. To be creative, you need to be observant and open-minded. When you’re faced with a challenge, look at it from different perspectives rather than just one. Learn to always take the initiative. Worst case scenario, someone will steal your idea before you can execute it. In the best-case scenario, you’ll execute it perfectly and become a more valuable member of the team.
3. Digital Literacy
How good are your computer skills? Do you know how to use all modern digital technologies in the workplace and beyond or you look for someone to help you all the time? The world is currently in the digital era. In a few years, things will be completely digital. Only those who are fluent in digital technology will be able to find employment. The good thing about digital literacy is that you can teach yourself how to use most tools. Computersciencehero.com has a list of online courses that can help you boost your digital literacy skills.
4. Critical Thinking
Companies are not interested in paying for dead weight. If you want to remain relevant in the future workspace, you need to be a critical thinker who is called to work on the most important projects in the company. If you already have a job, use every opportunity you have to prove yourself to your employers. When possible, insert yourself in projects that will allow you to think critically and come up with constructive feedback. Make sure that your opinions are valuable. To improve your critical thinking skills, start questioning popular assumptions, evaluate empirical data, and most importantly, think for yourself.
5. Workplace Flexibility
If there is anything the coronavirus has made popular is remote work. Over the last few months, many companies have only been able to stay open remotely. You may not be the kind of person who loves to work from home but you need to be willing to do it if the situation demands it. Many companies have announced that they will make their work from home policies a more permanent thing even after the pandemic. In the United States alone, up to 42% of all workers worked from home in 2020. So, getting comfortable working from either a house or an office will make you an asset in the future workspace.
The future of work will be defined by change. You must update your skills and stick only to what is relevant. Everyone is rushing into the tech industry because they hope to be billionaires someday. While there are many opportunities to grow in the tech industry, tech skills aren’t the only ones you need to succeed in the future workplace. A good combination of tech skills and transferable skills will make you irreplaceable in any organization.