Turns Out That Soft Skills Aren't So Soft After All

It's time to look at how you can equip yourself to be part of the workforce of the future and not only survive, but thrive ...

Currently, in six out of 10 occupations, more than 30% of activities are technically automatable. The World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs study suggests that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers.

Of course, there will be new jobs which means the importance of emotional and social intelligence to future workers is higher than ever as these skills are seen as a crucial way to differentiate the human workforce from a more automated one in the future.

Some new research shows that between the years 2000 and 2012, jobs that require soft skills such as the ability to communicate and work in teams, grew much faster than jobs requiring tech or STEM skills.

It seems we are still working on the job market picture from the period 1980 to 2000 instead, when everything was about growth in STEM occupations. Things went into reverse over the last 18 years, but we are still putting emphasis on training and developing people in these areas instead of what is going to help them be competitive in the new world ... the soft skills.

What soft skills are needed most? Having spent my whole training career of nearly 25 years running workshops on soft skills, I think I am in a good place to suggest two that have always been vital and will continue to be in the future:

In a world where currently science, technology, hard skills and IQ are valued so highly it's now time to give the same if not more importance to soft skills.

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