Modern civilization runs on software. The availability of data in nearly every aspect of life coupled with the sophistication of artificial intelligence techniques have increased the opportunities for improving both public and private life. Given this reality, technical skills and analytical skills are very important in the age of AI, big data, and automation – but this doesn’t mean that we should ignore the non-technical side. Human work contains skills in areas that robots cannot answer upon in an acceptable way, if at all.
Therefore, as the nature of the work develops and as the machines maximize their relevance in the workforce, I believe the following five soft skills are integral to employees’ success. The bottom line, human work is going to become even more, well, human.
Creativity: Robots and machines can do many things, but they struggle to compete with humans when it comes to our ability to create, imagine, invent and dream. With all the new technology coming to us, the workplaces of the future will continue to require innovative ways of thinking – making creative thinking and human creativity an important asset.