With the advent of the 4th industrial revolution, our society is getting ready for careers which are no longer linear, jobs that are shifting, skills that require constant update and new occupations that do not exist yet. While businesses and governments are seeking solutions to adapt, learners and employees should also take a more pro-active approach to continue to train themselves.
If due to AI, robots are to take up our heavy-duty jobs, there's an opportunity for us to stay relevant due to our emotional intelligence and social skills.
The World Economic Forum forecasts that the most important skills required are soft skills:
But if AI is making the need for these skills more prominent, it is because our empathy and compassion cannot be replicated by a robot. They are more valuable because they can be easily transferable across careers and industries.
Still, it does not mean they are easy to acquire and strengthen. Especially when they have not been recognised and encouraged throughout our studying or working lives.
What's clear is that all over the world, be it in developing or developed societies, we all know that lifelong learning needs to be pervasive. That the most important thing we can do is to adapt by using our humanity at it best. How well we will fare, it remains to be seen.
I'm betting that we will need more human skills: people who know themselves better, are self-aware and have empathy for others; people who know how to be and how to become.