The 4 essential digital skills for the future of work

A recent report by the Institute for the Future, in partnership with Dell, projects that 85% of the jobs that will be available in 2030 have yet to be invented. Does that seem unlikely to you? Still, it’s not that crazy. Especially when you think about everything that has changed in the last decade: social media, artificial intelligence, automation, etc.

The work of human beings will continue to evolve, with some jobs becoming obsolete and new ones appearing. The experience and skills we will need in the future will be very different from those we need today.

Soft skills will grow in importance as demand for what machines cannot do continues to grow. However, the ability to understand technology and work confidently with it will remain essential.

With that in mind, here are four digital skills you need to cultivate to thrive in the new world of work:

Numerical skill

Digital literacy refers to the skills needed to learn, work and navigate our daily lives in an increasingly digital world. When we have digital skills, we are able to interact easily and confidently with technology. This means skills such as:

  • Keep abreast of new emerging technologies.
  • Understand what technologies are available and how they can be used.
  • Using digital devices, software and apps – at work, in educational institutions and in our daily lives.
  • Communicate, collaborate and share information with others using digital tools.
  • Stay safe in a digital environment.

Data knowledge

We are currently in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, a movement that is defined by many waves of new technologies that combine the digital and physical worlds. For example, you’ve probably noticed the flood of everyday “smart” devices on the market today, from watches to thermostats that are connected to the internet.

All of these new technologies are data-driven, and that’s why data literacy is one of the critical skills we’ll need in the future.

Data literacy means a basic ability to understand the importance of data and turn it into insights and value. In a business setting, you will need to be able to access appropriate data, work with data, make sense of numbers, communicate ideas to others, and challenge data when necessary.

Technical skills

“Technical skills” is a broad category today – IT and engineering skills will not be the only ones needed in the workplace of tomorrow. As the nature of work changes and workflows become automated, a wide range of technical skills remain extremely valuable.

In essence, hard skills are the practical or physical skills needed to perform a job successfully. The demand for these skills goes far beyond coding, AI, data science and computer science – though admittedly these skills are indeed in high demand. If you are a plumber, you have technical skills. Ditto for project managers, carpenters, nurses and truck drivers.

We will need more specific technical skills in each industry as new technologies emerge, so you should be prepared to learn continuously and focus on professional development by combining training and employment.

Digital Threat Awareness

Cybercriminals are getting smarter and more evil as the world goes digital. This means new threats that could have a huge impact on our personal and professional lives.

Digital threat awareness means being aware of the dangers of using the internet or digital devices and having the tools to keep you and your organization safe.

With so much of our business online—from booking doctor appointments to ordering takeout—our digital footprints are bigger than ever.

Digital threat awareness involves understanding the biggest threats in our daily lives, including:

  • digital addiction.
  • Online privacy and the protection of your data.
  • Password protection.
  • Cyberbullying.
  • Digital identity theft.
  • Phishing.
  • Data breaches.
  • Malware, ransomware and IoT attacks.

Generally speaking, decreasing the risks of these digital threats means that we all need to develop a healthier relationship with technology and teach others how to get the most out of tech and have it enrich our lives without being dominated by she.

Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Bernard Marr

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