Future of Work

The 10 skills you need for future success

In our ever-changing world influenced by changing demographics, global economic power, rapid urbanisation, resource scarcity, and technological breakthroughs, it’s important to understand the key skills that are needed in the future. If want to succeed in our future careers, we need to make sure we are equipped with the skills that will be valuable. 

The World Economic Forum has just published the Future of Jobs Reportwhich maps the jobs and skills of the future. 

The key take-outs of the report are:

  • Half of employees will need to re-skill within the next five years, as the ‘double-disruption’ of the economic impacts of the pandemic and increasing automation are changing the nature of jobs.
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving remain on top of the list as the skills highly sought after by employers and will have extra emphasis in the next five years. 
  • Skills in self-management such as active learning, resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility are new on the 2025 list. It mainly comes from the impacts of the pandemic. 

Social skills such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others will be in higher demand rather than technical skills, such as programming. While technical skills will continue to be the foundation for a strong career, to achieve career fulfilment, social, creative and collaboration skills are needed.

The top ten skills needed by 2025

  1. Analytical thinking and innovation
  2. Active learning and learning strategies
  3. Complex problem-solving
  4. Critical thinking and analysis
  5. Creativity, originality, and initiative
  6. Leadership and social influence
  7. Technology use, monitoring and control
  8. Technology design and programming
  9. Resilience, stress tolerance, and flexibility
  10. Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation

How Girls of Impact can help

Most employers recognise the need to embrace new digital technology to remain competitive and improve overall productivity but are often unsure how to go about it. 

If you are thinking about what career direction to take or how your industry will be impacted, have a chat with us. Or perhaps this is for a future Girl of Impact you know? Set her off to a good start by getting in touch.