If you’re a parent, you want the best for your children, whether in their personal lives or in their careers.
What skills will your children need for the future workplace?
In recent years, it has become obvious that soft skills and tech skills are becoming increasingly prized across most job sectors. With high levels of competition and the breakneck pace of technological development, these skills will only become more valuable in the years to come. As a parent, you should place just as much emphasis on teaching your children these skills as you do on providing them with a regular school and college education.
Here are some soft skills that will be most valued in the workplace of the future:
- Creativity and problem solving. As competition in job sectors increases, companies will seek out employees who can come up with creative, innovative ideas and who can contribute to solving problems.
- Communication and collaboration. Social skills are what will distinguish employees from the technologies that are making some hard skills redundant. The modern workplace is a social place, where teamwork and collaboration (achieved through effective communication) are vital.
- Flexibility and adaptability. With the fast pace of technological development, employees will need to be able to adapt quickly to changes in the workplace. With learned skills becoming redundant faster than ever, employees have to be willing to expand their skill sets on a continual basis.
To help your child develop these and other important soft skills, you could encourage them to get involved in activities such as sport, debating, or fund-raising initiatives. If your child has just finished school, then short courses also offer good opportunities to learn more about soft skills, with the added benefit of looking great on a CV!
Today, a diverse range of fields – from business management to marketing, engineering, IT development and advertising – have technology at the heart of their operations. The workplace of the future will be even more technologically dominated, meaning that in most fields, tech skills will become not just beneficial, but necessary.
Today’s generation of children is already growing up with smartphones, laptops and tablets, and as a parent, you should be encouraging the use of these technologies (as long as that use is responsible and beneficial to your child’s personal development). If your child is interested in technology, then you should support this interest, because career opportunities in this field are plentiful, secure, and often lucrative.
The employers of the future will expect more than just knowledge of basic computer functions such as Microsoft Word, email, and ability to use the internet. They will expect their employees to be comfortable with using technology and software that is specific to their careers. If employees are able to demonstrate that they are forward-thinking and able to harness new and emerging technologies, then they have a good chance of thriving in the workplace.
If you assist your child to acquire a solid combination of soft skills, technological skills, and a decent education, then you’re in all likelihood helping them to take the right steps towards a successful career in the workplace of the future.
Want to know more about what skills will be valued in future? View our infographic for a snapshot of the Evolution of the World of Work.
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