10 Essential skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution

Female employee

There has been much debate surrounding the 4th industrial revolution and its impact on the workplace.

The question of whether or not robots will replace human beings has been at the forefront of this discussion.

While experts have warned that there will be an increase in job automation and artificial intelligence, specialists agree that human beings will never be made completely obsolete.

However there are certain skills that will grow in importance as technology becomes more entrenched in our everyday lives.

According to the World Economic Forum 'the skill sets required in both old and new occupations will change in most industries and transform how and where people work."

In the video 'Ten Skills You Need to Thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution' we reflect on the skills required for these future occupations.

These top ten skills include:

  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • People management
  • Coordinating with others
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Service orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive Flexibility

Emotional Intelligence is key

Most of these capabilities are expressions of emotional intelligence which will be one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century employee.

"Emotional intelligence will become one of the top skills needed by all."

As machines take over technical operations employers will begin to place greater value on soft skills and tasks that cannot be performed by robots.

Get Ready!

"Change won't wait for us to be proactive in upskilling..."

We need to start training now so that we can benefit from the fourth industrial revolution.

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