According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report, employers will be looking for a whole new batch of skills by 2020, and if you want to stand out there are six new key skills you should be listing on your CV.
The report, according to inc.com, was specifically aimed at predicting how technological advances such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and robots will impact employers and therefore what they want from their staff.
The new skills are:
- Cognitive flexibility
This is defined as the ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Respondents anticipate that a wide range of jobs will require a higher degree of cognitive abilities – such as creativity, logical reasoning and problem sensitivity -as part of their core skill set in two years’ time.
It’s particularly significant, given that more than half don’t require these skills today, or to a much smaller extent.
- Judgment and decision-making
Someone who is skilled at considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one will be in high demand.
It might not sound like anything new, but employers will especially value an ability to make data-based decisions as the nature of the workplace changes.
- Emotional intelligence
Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do is a skill that’s going to become highly valued by employers.
Overall, social skills – such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others – will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control.
Back in 2015, creativity was the 10th most sought after skill by employers but it’s now third.
This is because as new technologies emerge, bosses are looking for people who can think of creative ways to apply them to new products and services.
- Critical thinking
Rather than reducing the need for human skills, automation actually fuels demand.
According to inc.com, this is because machines need to be ‘directed ethically and optimally’.
Employers need people who can evaluate the ways technology will benefit a company and its employees.
- Complex problem-solving
In much the same way, humans are needed to interpret the data supplied by technology.
Inc.com gives the example of a hospital which uses wearable trackers to map the walking patterns of staff to make their rounds more efficient.
If you relied solely on the data you may come up with a solution that’s impractical or dangerous, so you need a human to analyse those results and have intelligent conversations with staff and patients to come up with the best solution.