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What’s Your Superpower? Are Your Job Skills Relevant to the Future of Work?

You see the slogans everywhere now…on t-shirts, mugs and bumper stickers: phrases announcing one’s line of work or skillset and asking the question: “What’s your superpower?”

Here’s just a small sample:

  • I’m a teacher. What’s your superpower?
  • I’m a nurse. What’s your superpower?
  • I’m a social worker. What’s your superpower?
  • I’m a fire fighter. What’s your superpower?

There has been much discussion recently among human resource industry experts and analysis regarding the future of work and what the American workforce will look like in 2020, now let’s examine the skills that workers will need to succeed in work in the future.

Get your cape on and grab your job skills

Advances in technology such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics and genetics are having an accelerating impact on global employment trends.

Socioeconomic factors such as changes in the work environment (on-demand work and remote work), global connectivity, a growing middle class and urbanization in emerging markets are also contributing to changes in employment trends. Additionally, demographic factors such as extreme longevity also have a contribution; by 2025, the number of Americans over the age of 60 will increase by 70 percent.

As the world changes, we’re seeing changes in the workforce using a combination of hardware, computing power and robotics to expand information technology beyond software across many industries and job skills.

According to some, these changes will transform the way we live and work, bringing us advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, biotechnology and genomics. So what superpowers will be relevant in the future of work?

Skill superpowers for survival and success

Admit it – at some point in your life, you’ve run around the house in a cape. I admit I have. Don’t judge. There’s just something fascinating about superpowers. My friend and I used to ask each other which ONE superpower we’d want and why. It’s just plain fun to envision how different life would be if we developed superpowers of our own. Now think about how different your work life would be with a skill superpower!

Many job skills workers have today are going to shift. In fact some skills considered important in today’s workforce will not only have changed but some will disappear and be replaced by more relevant skills.

Top three: Complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity

The three superpowers that will overtake the list are complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity. Even as technology will help aggregate data and machine learning is becoming more human-like, you will still need those think-on-your-feet skills in the future to survive and succeed in the workplace.

Yep, you’ll have to become better at solving complex workplace issues, profound at critical thinking and resourceful in creative ways to do and solve challenges. To stay relevant and benefit from the changes driven by new products, new technologies and new ways of working, you might want to get a jump on honing these top skill superpowers.

Top 10 Skills in 2015 vs. 2020

What’s Your Superpower? Are Your Job Skills Relevant to the Future of Work?

Source: Future of Jobs report, World Economics Forum

What job skill superpowers do you have that will be relevant in the future? What skill superpower do you wish you had?

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