Future Skills Youíll Need In Your Career By 2030January 20, 2021 2021-01-20 6:18
Future Skills Youíll Need In Your Career By 2030
In 11 yearsí time, the year 2030, itís highly likely youíll be working in a job that doesnít even exist yet Ė and no, weíre not talking about building flying cars or developing the worldís first time machine. The world of work is evolving quickly, which means you have to figure out how to prepare for a future job role thatís impossible to predict.
Of course, there isnít a crystal ball that can tell us exactly what skills will be needed and what wonít be needed. However, with the help of the University of the Witwatersrand, weíve come up with five skills we believe youíll need to succeed in your future career, whatever it ends up being.
The rise of digital technologies means youíre going to need to be able to handle the plethora of opportunities and challenges that come with it.
Do you have the ability to adapt to change and conceptualize complex multiple ideas all at once? If so, youíre showing qualities that reside in advanced multi-taskers and which are highly valued by employers and recruiters.
Digital literacy and computational thinking
As the world continues to rely on highly technical and continuously evolving technologies, the need for those with the digital skills to match also increases.
Youíve most definitely heard of STEM, but have you heard of SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud)? Although it may seem like weíre being bombarded with digital buzzwords, being digitally literate offers capabilities beyond what was once thought possible when it comes to emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and data science.
ďWe need to train scholars to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, some which we may not yet have encountered,Ē says Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand<.
ďWe need to work across sectors to develop the technology required for us to leapfrog across eons of poverty, unemployment and inequality, and in so doing to create a new world order that prioritizes humanity before profits and power.Ē
A masterís degree in artificial intelligence or e-Science can help advance your digital skillset and accelerate your technical acumen in these emerging fields, from learning about data visualization and exploration, to computational intelligence, and natural language technology.
Judgement and decision-making
Although robots and automation technology may be better than humans in other ways such as calculations and diagnostic solving, itís still going to be humans that deal with the subjective side of data analytics.
Considering weíre on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, weíre still going to need to have somebody who is able to show the world what numbers mean and their significance.
Emotional and social intelligence
For everything that can be replaced by digital technologies and artificial intelligence, emotional and social intelligence remain uniquely human capabilities.
In some sectors, these qualities are absolutely crucial. The demand for jobs in healthcare, for example, are on the increase Ė demonstrating how some roles will always require a human element. Your future job is more than likely going to include working closely with others, so having empathy, the ability to collaborate, as well as excellent communication skills is something youíre most definitely going to need.
Creative and innovative mindset
Despite a report by the World Economic Forum in 2018 suggesting robot automation will create more jobs than they displace, youíll still do well to keep on top of your creativity skills and maintain an innovative mindset.
Much like having an excellent sense of social intelligence, natural creativity is something which canít be easily replicated by the latest digital technologies. As long as you can think outside the box, youíll be just fine.