Office Hours: 3 Skills to Master Before Entering the Workforce

Office Hours: 3 Skills to Master Before Entering the Workforce

Office Hours: 3 Skills to Master Before Entering the Workforce

This post is part of our biweekly “Office Hours” video series, featuring quick career, workplace and leadership tips from talent management experts and business award leaders across the globe.

A recent report from the World Economic Forum argues that as more of our work becomes automated, organizations, governments and educational institutions will have to develop a new surge of “agile learners and skilled talent” capable of weathering those changes to the workplace.

But the burden isn’t entirely on the institutions. Future generations of workers can start developing the in-demand skills of the future right now. According to Janet Clarey, lead advisor of tech and learning at Bersin by Deloitte, there are three skills they should prioritize.

First, she says, as more gig and contract workers are assigned to projects, the ability to collaborate virtually with a rotating cast of characters will be essential. Second, future workers ought to develop their critical thinking skills—by minimizing redundant work, automation will free workers to focus on thornier problems that require a whole lot of brain power. And third, as artificially intelligent systems get smarter, the humans in the room will have to become skilled in the areas that a computer hasn’t mastered yet, such as emotional intelligence.

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