LinkedIn says the future of work isn’t just tech – it’s having soft skills too

Getting a job in the tech space has undoubtedly become one of the most appealing things to do.

With technology literally impacting every part of our daily lives, it’s no surprise that it is changing the narrative of work (and who is doing the work too).

According to new research, by 2022, technology is expected to have displaced 75 million jobs globally, yet, the key professional traits that are expected to be in demand over time and across industries are actually soft skills, LinkedIn says in their report.

Feon Ang, Vice President for Talent and Learning Solutions, Asia Pacific, LinkedIn, recently noted in an interview that “employers globally are finding it [soft skills] hardest to find.”

Some of the soft skills that LinkedIn noted will be in demand are:

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Innovation & creativity
  • Leadership & people management
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability and flexibility

With soft skills being in demand and apart of the future of work, it’s critical that we are intentionally making the effort to learn (or improve our soft skills). Most soft skills are not innate and must be learned. As Ang discussed in her interview, it’s not just the employers’ job to help the employee develop and perfect their soft skills, it’s the employee’s job too.

It’s critical that we are proactive in seeking out opportunities to learn additional skills if we see that we are lacking any in a certain area.

A few easy ways that you can do this is by taking the initiative with new tasks at work, starting a side hustle, volunteering, or learning skills through continuing education courses.

“It’s all about putting yourself out there, becoming uncomfortable and just honing those skills,” said Ang.

What are you doing to ensure you and your skills are ready for the future? Tweet us and tell us about it!

Written by Mogul Millennial Staff