According to a study by The World Economic Forum, the skills that are most desired today will change by 2020. What it means for you is that in order to prove your worth for an organization, not only do you have to work on your weaknesses, but you also have to prepare yourself for changes in the future requirements for the job. Here are a few pointers that will help you develop the right set of most-desired skills and prove yourself to be the worthy candidate for any role that you are aiming for.
Complex Problem Solving
Can you look past the problem and think of innovative solutions that render it moot? If yes, then you possess a skill that is and will be one of the most desired in the corporate sector. If your answer is no, then you might want to start developing it right now. It isn’t just about being able to solve any given problem, it’s about how innovative you can be in addressing the underlying reasons of a problem that employers are looking for.
Critical thinking has been one of the top-5 skills in the current decade and it slated to take the second spot by 2020. It’s about about being objective and weighing in on all available options to choose the most optimal one for best results. A study done by the Center for Critical Thinking in 1995 suggests that only 19 percent people know what critical thinking is. If you are among those 19 percent, then it’s time to develop the skill to think critically.
Creativity and innovation go hand-in-hand, and one cannot survive without the other. It is not reflected by casual dressing or colorful office furniture. Creativity is about invention and relies heavily on observation. It’s about getting rid of the proverbial box instead of trying to think outside of it. However, it isn’t your sole responsibility and your organization has a role to play in ensuring that your creativity isn’t subdued at any point. But to make it happen, you have to take the first step and start being creative at work.
At any given position of your career, you have to be an effective people manager. Managing people isn’t just about getting the work done within deadlines, it also entails selecting the right people, setting realistic expectations, motivating and developing them so that your leadership qualities are unmistakably visible to your peers and superiors.
Researchers believe that your emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) is far more important at the workplace that your IQ. It helps you keep stress at bay, resolve conflicts effectively, and contributes to your physical and mental well-being that eventually impacts the quality of your relationships and leadership style at the workplace.
With a steady increase in the number of applicants for any given corporate role, it becomes imperative for each candidate to try and stand apart from the crowd. In order to achieve that, you must demonstrate the skills you’ve developed that make you the ideal candidate for the employer. While the skills may vary according to the industry, employer and the role, showcasing your flexibility and the ability to acquire the requisite skills can make you a worthwhile candidate for any organization.