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Looking ahead: skills you should acquire in the next 10 years.

Looking ahead: skills you should acquire in the next 10 years.

Looking ahead: skills you should acquire in the next 10 years.

Every year we see people progress through their business lives by continuously developing and learning new skills and expertise. It is a game we all know well, you have to grow and adapt to new technologies, new ways of working and processes or you stagnate and get left behind. So, as a business owner what should you be considering in order to keep your own skills up to date and current for the relevant sector? Looking ahead what skills should you acquire in the next 10 years?

Let’s take a look at some of the skills that will be in demand in the next ten years.

Digital Skills

It’s not just technical skills you need to cultivate. As we move into the new industrial revolution and the pace of change continues to accelerate, the skills you need to thrive in the workplace are shifting, as well. Succeeding in the digital world also requires us to understand how technology will impact our world. We will also need to cultivate critical soft skills so we can do the things machines can’t. 

Digital literacy encompasses the skills to learn, work and navigate everyday life in our digital world. These skills involve the ability to use devices, software, and apps safely and with confidence. People with strong digital literacy skills can communicate and collaborate easily using digital tools, keeping on top of new technologies and understanding how they might impact their job and their business.

Data Literacy

Data is everywhere, it is knowledge and ultimately power. Everything your customers and target audience do online leaves data traces and this information is the window into their lives. It is how and where they shop online, the sites they visit and how they interact digitally. To cultivate data literacy, working on extracting meaning from data and communicating data-based insights to others. With data literacy, you’ll also be able to question the integrity and validity of any data you are working with rather than just blindly following the information you are given. 

Critical Thinking

In this era of fake news, social media bubbles, and information overload, critical thinking is at the top of the list of the most vital skills to cultivate for success. Thinking critically means analysing issues and situations based on evidence rather than hearsay and personal opinions, or biases. When you are practising critical thinking, you can question the validity of evidence and figure out what’s true and what’s not in a variety of situations.

Creativity

Have you ever considered what creativity really is? One way to define it is the act of turning imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity will always be at the top of the list for desirable skills in any business whether your own or for an employer. Ta

king an idea and turning it into something tangible that will elevate your business in some way, is something that a computer or AI system will never be able to replace. 

Flexibility

Are you open to change? In the workplace of the future, no matter how that is imagined; your own business or someone else’s, change is going to be even more of a driving factor than it is today. It is expected that we work well with others and yet also maintain a level of independence and assertiveness. We all need to be ready to pivot and flex at a moment’s notice. With new pro

cesses and technologies constantly evolving, we have to get in line or get left behind. We must all develop the mental resilience to thrive in times of constant change. Adaptability – the ability to adjust to new conditions – is key to developing flexibility.

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Continuous Learning

If there were one skill that I think everyone must cultivate, it would be curiosity. Whatever your age or industry, adopting a mindset of continuous learning is critical to thriving in tomorrow’s world.

 Curiosity and continual learning will help you stay flexible and embrace change, as well as help you keep your skills sharp so you can keep up with the major changes taking place today.

Time Management

Cultivating effective time management skills is also important for your mental health. When you can manage your time effectively, you create a better work/life balance to ensure you have room in your life for the things that are most important to you. Delegate where possible and focus on the tasks that are most important or cannot be completed by anyone else. Usually, a difficult task for most business owners but one that if managed well can have a huge impact overall. 

 

Just some of the things that can help you grow your brand or business and ensure its survival in the digital age of the future.

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