Skills For The Future Of Work
The job landscape is constantly changing. The skills necessary are constantly evolving. In fact, some of the most popular jobs today wasn’t even around fifteen years ago. For example, a recent study showed AI is set to grow by 30% annually for the next decade.
Our CEO and Founder, Jessica Chen, recently hosted a Soulcast Media | LIVE event on LinkedIn, where she interviewed the Senior Director of Global Content Strategy at LinkedIn Learning, Dan Brodnitz. As the lead for learning content on one of the most popular platforms, Dan is constantly thinking about what skills do learners need to know so they are prepared for the future.
Both Dan and Jessica shared tips and personal stories about the most critical skills needed for the future of work.
Skills First Mindset – During the Soulcast Media | LIVE, Jessica and Dan talked about this shift in how we think about hiring talent. Dan called it the “skills-first mindset.” It means breaking free from the old notion that employees can only get a job based on what they’ve previously done. Instead, a skills first mindset is knowing an employee can be successful in the role they want to have because of the skills they know, not because of a particular position or title they had before. The beauty of this perspective is it creates a more equitable workplace as long as employees continuously retool. During the Soulcast Media | LIVE, Dan said: there’s no better moment than now to dive into something new.
Technical Advancements – Technical advancement is a dynamic and multifaceted concept encompassing the integration of technology into various aspects of work, leading to changes in how tasks are performed, how teams collaborate, and how businesses operate. Workers and organizations that effectively leverage these advancements can gain a competitive edge. AI represents a tech advancement we see now and will continue to see evolve. Its distinctive feature lies in its capacity to augment our cognitive capabilities significantly. Rather than shying away from novel and unfamiliar advancements, we should proactively engage with and embrace technology like AI. Something to remember is it is never too late to learn a new skill. Platforms like LinkedIn offer a wealth of courses covering AI and contemporary technologies, facilitating self-paced learning. Embracing these cutting-edge tools is akin to fostering a rapid expansion of one’s skill set.
Soft Skills – During the Soulcast Media | LIVE, Dan brought up what he calls “a trio of skills” that he believes are important and evergreen for the future of work. Collaboration, resilience/growth mindset, and a thirst for learning. Collaboration is our ability to connect and work smoothly with others, including having excellent communication skills. A growth mindset is our ability to see challenges and failures as opportunities for learning and improvement, which sets us up for success. When we thirst to learn, we are driven by a genuine interest in understanding new concepts, gaining new experiences, and expanding our capabilities. A growth mindset and thirst for learning can complement each other, as a growth mindset can drive a person to persist and learn in the face of challenges, and a thirst for learning can fuel ongoing curiosity and exploration in various areas of life.
To navigate the evolving landscape of the future of work, a strategic approach involves skillful integration of both hard and soft skills. Deliberate and purposeful planning is essential to chart a course aligned with overarching objectives.
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