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Skills for today and tomorrow
Nesta’s research shows that in the future, creative jobs will be more resistant to automation. They found that “87 per cent of highly creative workers are at low or no risk of automation, compared with 40 per cent of jobs in the UK workforce as a whole.”
In the highly influential book The Second Machine Age, authors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee predict that professions of all kinds – from lawyers to truck drivers – will be forever upended by advances in technology. But they are optimistic about the chances of people who can effectively work alongside “robots”, quickly adapting to new opportunities where machines complement and augment human capabilities – much like the creation of this automated email you’re reading right now.
That’s why we focus on skills that Nesta, Brynjolfsson and McAfee, the World Economic Forum and many more have identified as crucial to the future of work.
Skills that will put you in the fast lane
In PWC’s recent CEO Survey, problem‑solving, creativity and innovation, leadership and adaptability were identified as today’s skills battleground.
The Harvard Business Review says we’re heading towards a greater emphasis on the “soft” elements of leadership — the personality traits, attitudes, and behaviors that allow individuals to help others achieve a common goal or shared purpose.
These, along with other soft skills such as emotional intelligence, will become an increasingly important skill area. This is the “real” work of the future.
Pivotal people with high social and creative skills will command high rewards. Competition for these adaptable, collaborative, continually-learning, highly mobile individuals will be fierce.
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