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Here are the skills you’ll need in 2019

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"The future of work conversation, catalyzed by the rapid advancement of technologies like machine learning and blockchain, and demand for skills in these areas, has dominated headlines in 2018. Rightfully so, these areas are seeing enormous demand from our 37 million global learners. Upon examination of our learner data, a few interesting trends are emerging. As we look to the year ahead, it’s important to pause and reflect on key skills that are in demand heading into next year."

Read Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda's skills prediction for 2019 here.

Would you add any skills to this list? If so, which ones?

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I fear we are so intent on enhancing our technical skills that we are forgetting our social interactive skills. I don’t care what any survey says, but we need people to remain people, to be kind to others, sensitive, understanding and able to have real conversations. We need people to be considerate, to send thank you cards, to pick up the phone and call rather than merely text. We need to be able to effectively communicate without a device in hand.😀
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I agree that soft skills are important. And I think they can be more challenging to teach in a structured course. What are some good ways to teach sensitivity, understanding, and conversation?
@Laura , lots of practice with lots of set these up as learning experiences.
What do others think?
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The 2022 Skills Outlook is an interesting infographic from the Future of Jobs Report 2018 (World Economic Forum). There are 10 growing skills and 10 declining skills listed. Creativity, originality, initiative, leadership, and emotional intelligence are among the growing skills.
Sadly moving away from actual skills imo. Is the saying that soft doctors make stinking wounds not valid anymore?
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Most roles require some soft skills and some hard skills and the proportion of each needed really depends on the role. I don't think anyone would question the need for hard skills, especially in technical or highly skilled roles. I think the reason soft skills have come into the limelight more recently is because people had forgotten about their importance and are now beginning to realize it again.

Even people in highly technical roles probably have a team of others to work with and at some point will have to communicate their work to somebody. Creativity is also key to innovation - the most brilliant people in history are not remembered because they did something really well, they're remembered because they discovered something new or found a new way of doing something. Leadership is another crucial skill since there is only so much anyone can accomplish on their own. If you can inspire and lead a team the impact you can have is far greater.
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@Laura , you are right about the difficulty in teaching Emotional Intelligence in a structured course. As this HBR article noted, it is in a way rewiring ones brain, and that takes lots of practice with the guidance of a professional coach or mentor providing feedback after observing interactions. The article is titled Boost Your Emotional Intelligence with Three Questions.

My personal experience echos that of the article.

As for the growing and the declining skills, there is nothing to add to the logical conclusion from the recruitment data though the projection to 2020 may be off a bit here and there. One skill is for sure to be important is Emotional Intelligence for the reason stated, i.e. working with people as human beings are driven by their emotions. However, one needs to be mindful that the day will come that machine intelligence will have a level of emotional intelligence that surpasses an average human being. Yuval Harari's 21 Questions for 21st Century is a very good book for a peek of the future.
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In a time of such rapid technological change. Last autumn, Gartner's research predicted some of the major technological trends in 2018 and beyond, and was quite generous: The continued rise of artificial intelligence and cloud-based cloud computing, new developments on the web of things, the list .
All this and many more are in progress, but I see some progress coming in 2019 that can really be transformed into the market and consumer technology.

1. Identity and confidentiality based on blockchain
2. The technique of intelligent AI
3. 3D Metal Printing

For more, see Three Breakthroughs That Will Disrupt the Tech World in 2019 in Forbes.

(Edited by @Laura to include a link to the article referenced here.)


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