The cornerstone to a successful life lies in the gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need to excel. The process of filling this gap is not always straightforward. Skill enrichment has now become a lifelong necessity, if one wants to stay relevant in the changing work environment.
In just 5 years from now, most of the skills deemed essential in today’s world will become irrelevant across the major industries. So, it is now more important than ever, to stay ahead of the game and acquire skills that future employers will be on the lookout for.
One of the many things the pandemic has taught us is that digital literacy is an inherent aspect along with being the spine of the 21st century. In order to be able to effectively and responsibly function in a digital world, one needs to be fluent with all aspects of digitalization. Institutions need to optimize the use of 21st century tools, to teach students about the 21st century skills. The perfect job candidate of the future will have to be well-versed in a variety of technologies in order to be considered for any job role. Hence, collaboration across digital networks has now become an essential skill that the youth needs to be prepared for. Everyone will need to be well-versed with the impact of new technologies on their industry and how it could be incorporated for the growth of their business.
Learning has been a lifelong necessity for current employees and the generations to come. To be successful in the future workforce, one needs to embrace the need to continuously grow their area of expertise and challenge their existing skill-sets by developing a growth mindset. Employees in the future workforce are expected to be transparent in admitting their shortcomings and should be able to establish clear plans to address their skills-gap in a resource-efficient manner.
To spark innovation in any given industry, it is imperative for people to have the ability to solve problems and think critically. And the foundation of critical thinking is asking important questions. Unfortunately, traditional educational institutions spend more time teaching students how to answer questions, rather than how to ask questions. Being able to think for yourself is a key skill at a time where the concept of career and the workplace is changing. Developing this ability early on will only stand to benefit today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders
With artificial intelligence and machine learning rapidly taking over several industries, employers are actively searching for employees with high emotional intelligence. The need for having high emotional intelligence has become more relevant than ever before. Even though a machine can offer a vast set of competencies to improve the efficiency of work, it cannot replace the emotional superpowers of human beings, such as the ability to connect with one another. Future employees should pay special attention to retaining skills such as empathy, integrity and interpersonal skills, to offer an edge in a machine-dominated environment.
In the age of text-based communications and in the absence of verbal cues, it’s never been more important for students to learn how to convey their thoughts in a way that others can understand them. With robust communication skills, students can streamline their ideas and make a positive impression on those around them. In addition, cross-cultural communication is becoming a necessity in the future workplace, so having a good command over popular foreign language will also set you apart from the crowd and prepare you to thrive in a diverse, globalized workplace.
There is a stark contrast between the skills of the future and skills that have been under the current focus of traditional education systems. Bridging this gap will radically transform the future of education and the workforce, thereby, eventually transforming the world as we know it today.
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Words: Nimmi Chopra (Product Leader, The Explorers Lab)