A recent article talked about how in future the role of the sales person will change, to a point where the function of the role will be to tell the customer the price and accept the signature. The world we live in is changing dramatically. Technology, globalisation and mind set changes are three of the main drivers behind the evolution of the commercial environment. An awareness of this change is important for leaders of organisations and when considering how success may be derived in the longer term its vital to know what are the skills that will be needed to drive organisations forward.
A number of reports in the past have highlighted just some of the key skills needed in the future workforce. Indeed, like with the sales person example above research from the World Economic Forum suggests that in the region of 35% of skills that are common today will not be required for the workforce of 2020.
If you look closely at some of the popular industries around us nowadays the picture starts to become clear. The travel agency sector, in decline for a number of years, for how much longer can travel agents remain in play whilst bookings move online? The print media sector is in steep decline, potentially impacting on thousands of roles. In financial services automated software is making decisions which no longer require human intervention.
All that said there are other sectors where staff demand is clearly high, in areas such as electrical engineering, software development, nursing and care. Roles may be changing alongside the face of many industries but what is clearly evident is that in future there’ll be plenty of new opportunities for skilled candidates to go for. What skills may be popular in future?
In short the types of skill that may be popular will perhaps be those that relate to tasks that cannot be done by a machine or a computer. Generally speaking, these are skills that are distinctly human in nature.
Although nothing is impossible the brains ability to conjure up creative ideas and concepts for new products and services is unique. Those who have the ability to harness their creativity effectively will find that opportunities may well be more available.
Problem Solving Skills
In a more entrepreneurial working environment with polarized job roles (where many require a low skill base and others a high skill set) there will be plenty of room for people who can use their initiative to make things happen, rather than accept the status quo.
As the world becomes a smaller place and the barriers to entering new markets less of a challenge those people who are capable of communicating internationally will stand out. Rather than just have an ability to speak the language cultural awareness and understanding will elevate candidates out from the crowd.
In the workplace of the future your ability to communicate via digital media may not just be something you do for fun. With messaging apps, file sharing and gamification of systems more and more common, in a few years-time they may just be must have skills.
For some, considering the changes is daunting but for others its exciting. What’s for sure is that change in some form is certain. Your ability to identify what those important future skills might just set you apart.
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