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Future-proof your career with interpersonal skills

It’s a fact, more needs to be done to accelerate the advancement of education as a whole. Ensuring that our learning environments remain fit-for-purpose for the Digital Age is a clear win-win-win situation. However, the collective response by the education sector, especially public institutions, has been painfully slow, insufficient or otherwise irresponsible.

 

Several global studies indicate that interpersonal skills will play a far greater role in the future workplace. This is largely being driven by significant technological progress, specifically with regards to artificial intelligence, automation and machine learning.

Future-proof your career with (soft) interpersonal skills

So, why is it that most higher education institutions, for example, still do not allocate greater weight in the curriculum and syllabus for developing  interpersonal skills?

 

Right at the top of the “to do” list, when it comes to institutional governance, has to be enforcing accountability and developing responsible curriculum. This will ultimately make certain that stakeholders and educators will do more on the ground and in the classroom. It will also ensure that we adequately prepare the youth of today for the challenges that the future will bring (i.e. future-proof their career). Responsible education demands it! And we should not be complicit in setting up the youth for failure down the line.

 

“Hard skills may look great on your CV/resume, but it’s the soft skills that will set you apart…”

 

 In January 2020, the World Economic Forum officially launched their “Reskilling Revolution Platform” at Davos. They did so in order to urgently respond to what they consider to be a global skills crisis. Education 4.0 and incorporating soft skills training into the curriculum also lies at the heart of this global initiative. A fascinating study by Deloitte corroborates this anticipated shift towards a greater emphasis on soft skills. It notes that “soft skill-intensive occupations will account for two-thirds of all jobs by 2030“. Yes, two-thirds of all jobs! Furthermore, according to a recent article by LinkedIn Learning, the most in-demand soft skills are creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability and emotional intelligence.

 

So, what does this all mean?

 

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Author:

Craig V. Johnson

Co-Founder of GiLE

Craig V. Johnson, Co-Founder of Global Institute for Lifelong Empowerment (GiLE)

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