The work of the future
Critical thinking and emotional intelligence will be two of the skills that can guarantee you a job within five years. In a social and work environment dominated by machines and virtual relationships, organizations demand professionals with human skills that can interpret and value the millions of data circulating the Internet in different formats. Do you understand the language of machines? Are you able to filter the information that exists on the internet and that is useful in achieving your professional goals? Are you ready to work in and lead a virtual team? If your answer to these questions is affirmative, the chances of you getting a job in 2020 increase exponentially. Global connectivity, coexistence with intelligent machines and new communication channels have transformed personal relationships and, above all, professional relationships. Having training, languages and excellent public relations is no longer enough to ensure a job in the next five years.
Now more and more features are valued such as:
CRITICAL THINKING: Intelligent machines are taking over manufacturing jobs, memorization and those subject to specific routines. Critical thinking is a higher faculty that cannot be codified, so sensory skills are required that helps to create a unique and critical vision for decision making.
SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE: It is defined as the ability to connect with others directly to provoke a reaction. In a time when the first prototypes of social robots are emerging, the range of emotional skills is still limited; the machines do not feel. Organizations value professionals who quickly assess the emotions of those around them and, consequently, adapt their words, tone and gestures.
ADAPTATION: Dexterity is valued to provide solutions and answers beyond what is set as routine or rules.
CULTURALITY: To operate in different cultural environments in a connected world, in addition to language proficiency, you need to demonstrate great capacity to adapt to changing circumstances and be able to detect and respond to new contexts. Diversity is the engine of innovation; and what makes an intelligent group is the combination of different ages, disciplines, works and styles of thought.
DOMAIN OF ‘BIG DATA’: Computational thinking Computational thinking – is related to the ability to translate large amounts of abstract data and understand them. And not only the data, the simulations are also going to become a central experience, as long as they begin to appear in the discourse and in the decision making process. On the other hand, recruiters who normally measure the value of applicants for mastering certain tools will change their priorities: they will look at their statistical analysis and their quantitative reasoning skills.
MEDIATIC LITERACY: You have to be prepared to evaluate and develop the content that comes from different communication channels and use them as an element of persuasion. The surge in the number of users involved in social media, videos, blogs and podcasts, dominates our social and work life.
TRANSVERSAL DISCIPLINE: Concepts such as global warming or overpopulation are too complex to be solved through a single discipline; they demand solutions that combine several. If the 20th century was the era of specialization, in this millennium multidisciplinary approaches will dominate. This change has important implications for the set of professional skills required by organizations.
CREATIVITY: And in a world so exposed to data, those preferred by companies will be those that represent and develop work methods focused on results.
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT: Discriminating information by importance to increase cognitive ability will also be one of the skills most valued in the selection process. A world rich in data coming from different channels proposes an overload of knowledge.
COLLABORATION: Demonstrate that you are present and participate in decisions in a virtual team will open the doors to more job opportunities. Virtual work requires a series of skills that you have to work on; as a leader you must develop strategies to involve and motivate a dispersed team.