Looking forward to 2020 and beyond

In 2016, the World Economic Forum published Global Challenge Insight Report titled The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The report covered the opinion and insights of the top executives from 350+ globally leading organizations in which they shade some lights about the challenges and opportunities that the Fourth Industrial Revolution may bring. They identified the following 10 skills as the most important for an employee for the year 2020 and beyond.

  1. Complex problem solving
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People management
  5. Coordinating with others
  6. Emotional intelligence
  7. Judgment and decision-making
  8. Service orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive flexibility

I am familiar with some of these skills as I have studied briefly about emotional intelligence, creativity, critical thinking, and decision making previously. Now, I am thinking about deep diving into these skills since 2020 is knocking at the door and I only have 4 months to build up a couple of skills from this list.

Learning new skills and obtaining new knowledge has always attracted me. I am a huge fan and a supporter of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). It has allowed me to learn what I want when I want and how I want. So, I will search for MOOC programs that cover these skills and participate. I reckon the challenge for me will be to complete the course on time and recall 80 to 90 percent of the newly learned knowledge. I will have to figure out some way to efficiently learn and effectively recall everything I learn from this point forward. 

The future is as exciting as it is challenging and I am ready to embrace it.

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