Here are the main skills you will need to succeed in 2020

Let’s face the truth: the future is already here, and 2020 is just around the corner. We are entering the AI era, otherwise known as the 4th Industrial Revolution. In order to be better prepared for this digital revolution that will alter the way we live and work, here are the main skills you will need to succeed by 2020.

Skills you will need in 2020

1.Complex Problem Solving

The most desired skill to have by 2020 is the ability to solve complex problems. Otherwise defined as “to solve novel, ill-defined problems in complex, real-world settings”. Basically, it means having the mental elasticity to solve problems never before seen. Do you know how to see the big picture?

2.Creativity

The 2nd most important skill you will need by 2020 is to be creative. Certainly, robots will help us achieve goals quicker, but they will push us into thinking more creatively – because robots can’t be creative. Don’t worry: you don’t need to be an artist to be creative. As long as you can be curious and use your self-expression regularly…

3.People Management

Robots certainly won’t be able to manage people. You need a human for that. A human that has a good emotional intelligence and who knows how to maintain relationships and interactions with others.

4.Social skills

Once again, maintaining good relationships and collaborating with others require good enough communication skills. And simply, requires being human: as we have the ability to feel people, identify their strengths and weaknesses, etc.

5.Emotional Intelligence

According to the World Economic Forum, “Overall, social skills—such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others—will be in higher demand across industries.”
Obviously, the rise of AI makes us re-think the importance of emotional intelligence.

6.Negotiation 

As explained before, social skills will be inevitable. Not only to maintain good relationships and collaborations – but also for negotiating. Seems pretty evident that we are better at interacting than robots (at least for now).

7.Cognitive Flexibility

Simply put, your ability to think quickly and easily.

You can develop your cognitive flexibility simply by facing new experiences – which creates new synaptic connections in your brain. A good cognitive flexibility increases motivation, enhances learning and memory.

Robots certainly won’t have that capacity.

Surely, technological development is transforming the workplace, from business models to the skills that employers search for. However, instead of seeing it as a threat, perceive this as an opportunity to make your ‘most human’ assets shine. And bear in mind that we will always need more human skills than technical skills.

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