Whether you’re looking for a new job or hoping to advance your career, you need to keep your skill set up to date. So, where should you start?
Here are five skills for tomorrow you can build today!
In our technological age, emotional intelligence is becoming more important than ever. After all, machines are great at completing repetitive tasks and crunching numbers, but they can’t relate well to people (at least not yet). As a result, employees who can control and express their emotions AND read the emotions of others are extremely valuable to any organization. Certainly, some people are naturally better at this skill than others. Nevertheless, you can increase emotional intelligence with practice.
As with emotional intelligence, technology continues to be limited when it comes to critical thinking. Although computers can quickly process enormous amounts of data, humans are better at using information to solve problems and dream up innovative ideas. If you’re striving to improve your critical thinking abilities, simple habits such as questioning assumptions and reasoning through logic rather than emotion can help.
Diversity and Cultural Intelligence
The world and the workplace are becoming increasingly diverse. Thus, successful employees must respect others regardless of race, culture, language, age, gender, sexual orientation and political and/or religious beliefs. Developing cultural intelligence not only improves relationships within a company but also, allows companies to relate better to diverse customers. One of the best ways to improve your own cultural intelligence is by making a genuine effort to get to know your coworkers. However, if your workplace isn’t as diverse as you had hoped, you’ll need to seek opportunities to interact with people different from you. This may include travel, volunteer work and/or social clubs.
From smartphones to virtual reality, technology continues to advance at a breakneck pace. Not to mention, many of these inventions have the potential to change your industry completely. Therefore, it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends. To keep your knowledge current, be sure to take advantage of any professional development opportunities. Plus, you’ll probably need to do some work on your own time. You may decide to complete classes, earn an advanced degree, participate in hands-on training and/or learn more through industry-related materials such as books, articles, podcasts and videos.
A Growth Mindset
Change can be scary, but top employees don’t hide. They embrace and celebrate change! A growth mindset is essential in today’s ever-shifting workplace. Be prepared to actively seek out new knowledge, take on challenges and learn from your mistakes. If you’re the type of person who tends to prefer the status quo, use these strategies to break out of a fixed mindset.
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