10 soft skills to future-proof yourself

Future-proof with soft skills

Flying back from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol last year, my baggage was checked in by a machine, which swallowed up my baggage after I had input certain details on a touchscreen monitor, and delivered me a ticket with the info related to the baggage and flight destination printed on it. The lady in uniform was only hovering around that area in case anyone had difficulties checking in their baggage. My baggage arrived home with me safe and sound.

Automation is here. Chances are you are getting your daily news digest written by robots for major newspapers and medias. And instead of fearing whether your current or future job will be replaced by robots, there is a better attitude you can adopt in planning your next step ahead: learn about the skills that will enable you to take advantage of the shifting landscape of work.

Future-proofing yourself means to further develop your soft skills, or human skills — skills that can’t be automated yet — and there are 10 such skills that can improve your employability.

According to experts, these are the skills that you may want to prioritize to stay relevant in the future workplace: the ability to communicate and work well with others, complex problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, negotiation, as well as high emotional intelligence that enables you to serve others.

Together with technology literacy, these soft skills could make you more employable in the top five industry sectors in 2020: technology and computational thinking, caregiving, social intelligence and new media literacy, lifelong learning, and adaptability and business acumen.

At FSI, future-proofing young individuals of today is part of our youth empowerment mission, which is why among our portfolio of social businesses are some that are committed to helping today’s youths better manoeuvre the shifting landscape of work today and tomorrow. Find out more about how Soap Cycling, OWN Academy, and MYEO are empowering and upskilling youths for the future of work.

Source: World Economic Forum

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About the Author:

An avid reader and passionate writer since a tender age, TC Li has spent the past decade honing in on her writing, translation, editing, and management skills as managing editor and communications manager, at advertising agencies and media and publishing houses. Constantly inspired by the ever-resilient Mother Nature, where the interdependence of various species enable lives on Earth to thrive and survive, TC believes we can all work towards a more sustainable and harmonious future for mankind through empathy and compassion.

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