2020, a new decade, new resolutions but still the same old you? Struggling to remain relevant in a crowded work environment? Well here is a brief walkthrough of the skills needed to keep you on the top of the list this decade. In a world where technology is taking over, you want to work on your soft skills in order to remain employable. The World Economic Forum listed 10 skills needed to thrive in 2020:
- Complex problem-solving
- Critical thinking
- Emotional intelligence
- Cognitive flexibility
The Holy Grail of skills needed for the decade. This is having the mental ability to effectively, accurately and in good time solve emerging and otherwise ‘unsolvable’ problems. This entails looking at it from a bigger picture while still being able to see the minute details in order to make the difference. It’s an acquired skill meaning it’s something you pick up with continued real-life experience in problem-solving. The trick is to stick to it, that one problem until you find the right solution. Hard work.“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” Talking to YOU, don’t procrastinate!
With the emergence and flooding of new products, technology and new ways of working. An employed worker has no choice but to be more creative in order to benefit and even remain relevant in an automated world. Creativity is not limited to artists or ‘artistic types’ only. Piecing together seemingly non-related information, throwing in ideas and being able to present something ‘new’ to the table is creativity. Take a bold step and step out of your norm, get curious and try learning something from a new field. Get your creative juices flowing!
In the coming years, critical thinking will be one of the most sort after skillset. What does it involve?
Reasoning, basic logic which at times escapes people. Being able to apply logic to question an issue, consider the varied solutions to the problem and weigh them out seeing which best solves the problem.
Emotions tend to influence our day to day decisions. This is natural and thus mastering one’s emotions help leads to great personal breakthroughs, unlocking the world as a whole. Emotional Intelligence leans towards the ability to control and manage one’s emotions and capability to control others emotions too based on the current assessment. It affects how we manage behaviour, navigates social complexities and makes personal decisions. It is an important skill in leadership.
Wikipedia describes this as “the mental ability to switch between thinking about two different concepts and to think about multiple concepts simultaneously.” This simply is a measure of one’s adaptability to different changing situations. Staying on the right path despite sudden changes and still being able to make the most out of it. It requires logic, creativity and a fair level of higher thinking to deal with and tolerate people.
Now that you have a basic overview of what you need in 2020, go forth and build the nation!