Essential Emerging Skills

According to The World Economic Forum, the future of work will alter dramatically over the next five years.

In the midst of rapid technological advancements, we will soon be sharing our workplaces with Artificial Intelligence. In such a case, keeping ahead of the curve would need the acquisition of specific abilities that will be required to complement and enhance technical progress.

The following are examples of pivotal abilities: 

  • Empathy: Regardless of career or profile, we are all in the business of emotions, and nothing is messier than dealing with human emotions!

    This is when empathy comes into play. Empathy is hearing with the heart rather than the ears.

    It is the capacity to identify and comprehend emotions that are not your own. Empathy is the capacity to realise that each individual is unique and has a distinct perspective on circumstances, complicated emotions, and happenings. This phrase has gained interest in recent years, and it has been discovered to be a powerful and simple instrument for providing simple answers to complicated problems.

    Empathy enables accessing the core cause of any issue; it is beneficial in breaking down barriers and building bridges between people for Socio-Emotional Development.

    People who can empathy can comprehend the intents, wants, motivations, and goals of others and use relationships to further cooperation and development.

  • Recognizing Intuition: In his renowned Stanford University Commencement Address (2005), Steve Jobs urged students not to allow the “noise of other people’s views drown out your inner voice,” but to have the bravery to follow their intuition.

    “Intuition is a quiet voice that emerges from inside when the brain makes a choice based on previous experiences and signals from the self and the surroundings.” The choice is made so fast that it is not noticed on a conscious level.

    We everyone have intuition, whether we recognise it or not. The more we identify it, the more we may utilise it to improve our lives.

    In the Information Age, just gaining information is not enough; the real catch is in the wisdom with which it is used.

    Any talent or information is latent if it is not used, and a disaster if it is applied incorrectly; therefore, the wisdom to select and follow one’s intuition is critical for both professional and personal success. 

  • Learning Flexibility: “The illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn,” futurist and philosopher Alvin Toffler famously said.

    Because we will be collaborating with AI, speed is essential.

    Today’s rate of change is comparable to attempting to strike a shifting target! In such a dynamic environment, our capacity to adjust to the unknown new and let go of the comfortable old is essential.

    The rule of the game is not just gaining information, but continuously upgrading it through cultivating creative curiosity, which challenges old paradigms and constantly adapts to an uncertain, unexpected world.

    It is necessary to be in a constant state of unlearning and relearning processes, habits that are essential to achieving the desired result.

    Historically, evolution was associated with nature; however, it is now in the hands of humanity, and conscious learning and relearning has become synonymous with evolution from the present condition to the desired one for a “Stronger Tomorrow.”

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