Does the idea of having one job for the rest of your life excite you? If yes, then you might want to rethink that, as a recent study predicts that by 2020, 7 million jobs will be lost due to automation.
Right now, you may feel confident that your career will stay relevant in the coming years, but the truth is, the world keeps on innovating, and you have to learn the skills of the future if you want to stay successful professionally.
Even now, robots and machines are already taking over the jobs of factory workers and grocery cashiers. It’s not all bad news, though, as these new technologies will also create new jobs in careers that haven’t existed before. That’s because while robots can do a lot, they still can’t replace the creativity of humans.
Therefore, it might be a good idea to start assessing your career development and growth to see if you’ll ever need to shift careers or if you simply need to invest on yourself and practice skills that will be essential in the near future.
Skills such as emotional intelligence and creativity will come in handy if you want to get better at what you do. Plus, these skills aren’t limited to a single career, so even if you end up switching jobs, you can still apply the skills you’ve learned to be a competitive part of the workforce.
As the world becomes more digital, you can do yourself a favor and start preparing today to have more chances of success in the future. For a start, check out the infographic below from management and leadership training firm, Guthrie-Jensen, about the top skills that a successful employee would need to thrive in 2020.
It briefly explains the fourth industrial revolution in the workplace, how it’s going to affect jobs and careers, and provides useful data and insights to help job seekers and professionals become more successful in the digital age and beyond.
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