Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Job Skill That You Will Need In The Future

In an interesting article published by AOL Jobs, Claire Gordon writes that the most required job skill in the future is that which cannot be accomplished by robots or done by people in faraway countries.

Gordon notes how according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics (2013), there has been an increasing number of people registered as nurses, physical therapists, mental health counsellours, preschool teachers, private detectors, and personal financial planners. Notably, something that all these professions have in common is, essentially, a very human quality, none other than that of empathy.

Emotional intelligence may not be the most lucrative skill, but if your job entails that taking care of the elderly, or the handling of customer complaints, than you would need a certain degree of empathy in order for you to be able to cope with the stresses and tasks of the day - effectively.

As Forbes contributor George Anders well expalins, although machines have taken over a lot of the, but they can never supplant the human element. 'The mechanic's job has been deskilled', he says, 'at the same time the auto repair consultant's job has become more important'.

Empathy has also become more crucial in traditional office settings, as technology has broken down the old chain of command, and made workplaces more horizontal and collaborative. 'If you're playing around with Google Docs, six people can literally work on the same document at the same time. That never existed before', says Anders. '... Now everyone gets to sit at the keyboard'.

How can I cultivate my human empathetic potential?
After reading the above, a thought may have crossed your mind: how can I become more empathetic? It is believed that humans can augment their empathetic potential by reading fiction, meditating, and spending time with the less fortunate.

However, it is undeniable that the job market of the future will be remarkably and compassionately...human.

What are your thoughts on this matter? Muovo would like to hear from you!

Nikita Pisani at Muovo


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