Top 10 future skills

Employers seeking to hire entry-level talent at times find trouble placing candidates with the right skills and competencies for their organizations. 

Depending on the job position you need to fill in your organization, there could be very specific skills, abilities, and knowledge needed to do the job.

The World Economic Forum predicts that employers will need to reskill more than 1 billion people by 2030, as jobs are transformed by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Here are some of the top 10 skills employers should look out for now and in the future;

1. Commercial awareness (or business acumen)

This requires a candidate to know how a business or industry works and what makes a company tick. A candidate should have business knowledge especially with regards to how the company business model runs showing that they have an understanding of what the organization wants to achieve through its products and services, and how it competes in its marketplace.

2. Complex problem-solving

This entails understanding a challenge and working toward finding an effective solution to it. Depending upon the type and complexity of the problem, it may involve the use of mathematical operations and may test the candidate's critical-thinking skills.

3. Critical thinking

A candidate should have the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Someone with critical thinking skills is able to do the following;

  • Understand the logical connections between ideas

  • Identify, construct and evaluate arguments

  • Detect inconsistencies and common mistakes in reasoning

  • Solve problems systematically

  • Identify the relevance and importance of ideas

  • Reflect on the justification of one's own beliefs and values

4. Negotiation and persuasion

This is about being able to set out what the employee wants to achieve and how, but also being able to understand where the other person is coming from so that they can both get what you want or need and feel positive about it.

5. Creativity and initiative

Creativity facilitates transforming new, innovative ideas into reality. A creative employee is sighted through their ability to ask questions and find new solutions to problems.

6. Leadership and social influence

A prospective candidate needs to show potential to motivate teams and other colleagues that may work for them. It's about assigning and delegating tasks well, setting deadlines, and leading by a good example.

7. Prioritizing and organization skills

As part of one’s ability to be effective, the candidate should have the ability to prioritize work efficiently and productively and manage their time well. 

8. Perseverance and motivation

Because the working life presents many challenges, employers need to find candidates who have a bit of a get-up-and-go attitude. This where an employee is working and life present many challenges, they are able to find a way through, even when the going gets tough they stay cheerful-ish.

9. Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a major attribute one should have as it facilitates the ability to work closely with other people and remain respectful primarily in areas like sharing and receiving feedback. Other skills involved in emotional intelligence include self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.

10. Decision-making 

This requires the process of selecting the best possible option in a given situation.

Effective decision-making often requires an employee to:

  • Identify many potential options.

  • Anticipate possible outcomes.

  • Consider the needs or wants of others impacted by the decision.

  • Understand the impact on a project, department, and the organization as a whole.

  • Deliberate when under pressure

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