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2023 Retrain Expo Seminar Programme

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The 10 Key Skills Required for Life and Work

23 Nov 2023
Seminar Theatre 5

Title: Essential Skills for Future Workplaces

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution reshapes the professional landscape, adapting to the upcoming changes is crucial. According to the Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum, more than a third of the current essential skills will change in the next five years due to rapid technological advancements. Here are 10 vital skills to foster for future work and life:

1. Ceativity: Being creative will be essential to leverage new technologies and innovate, a realm where humans outshine robots.

2. Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Understanding and managing emotions, and interacting empathetically with others will remain a uniquely human trait, thus being high in demand.

3. Analytical Thinking: People capable of evaluating situations logically and solving complex problems will play a crucial role in managing the human/machine interactions.

4. Active Learning and Growth Mindset: Those willing to continuously learn, grow, and adapt to challenges will thrive.

5. Judgment and Decision Making: As technology handles mundane tasks, humans will handle more complex decision-making, considering broader business and human implications.

6. Interpersonal Communication Skills: Effective communication will be key to exchanging information and meaning in a technologically driven environment.

7. Leadership Skills: Inspiring others and leading project teams will remain vital, even if traditional organizational charts evolve.

8. Diversity and Cultural Intelligence: Embracing diversity and working respectfully with a wide range of individuals will not only improve workplace interactions but also contribute to a more inclusive and successful business output.

9. Technology Skills: Comfort and basic understanding around emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, big data, and virtual reality will be indispensable.

10. Embracing Change: Agility and the willingness to see change as an opportunity for growth and innovation will be crucial.

Title: Essential Skills for Future Workplaces

With the lifespan of skills shortening, it's time to invest in learning these skills to remain valuable in the future workspace and to build strong relationships for life. Choose one skill to start with and build a roadmap to prepare for the upcoming transformations in life and work.

Philip Sykes, Principal (Founder) - The British School of Excellence
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