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10 skills you won’t need by 2022 — and 10 you will

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The rise of technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation mean the future workforce will look very different.

Certain skills will be more useful in the future, while other skills which seem important now will fall by the wayside.

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But this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll lose your job in fact, technology will complement humans in their jobs and duties, not necessarily replace them, according to the World Economic Forum.

These are the 10 emerging skills that the World Economic Forum has forecasted in its Future of Jobs 2018 report which will become more in demand in the next three years, as well as 10 skills that you might not be needing as much going into the future.

Breaking it down

Manual or physical skills, financial management and technological maintenance will fall in demand, while analytical thinking, active learning and technology design will grow in prominence.

Uniquely ‘human’ skills like creativity, originality, initiative, persuasion and negotiation will always be needed, as will attention to detail, resilience, flexibility and problem-solving.

Other skills that the World Economic Forum forecasts will be on the rise are emotional intelligence, leadership and social influence.

Will robots really take our jobs?

The short answer is, it depends whether or not you’re able to upskill. “Current shifts underway in the workforce will displace some workers while at the same time create new opportunities for others,” the report stated.

The introduction of automation will mean we may see a divergence in the skills that are required by workers and the skills that workers have.

“Workers with in-demand skills ready for augmentation may see their wages and job quality increase considerably.

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“Conversely, even if automation only affects a subset of the tasks within their job role, workers lacking appropriate skills to adapt to new technologies and move on to higher value tasks may see their wages and job quality suppressed by technology steadily eroding the value of their job, as it encroaches on the tasks required to perform it.

“Therefore, central to the success of any workforce augmentation strategy is the buy-in of a motivated and agile workforce, equipped with futureproof skills to take advantage of new opportunities through continuous retraining and upskilling.”

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