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The skills needed after Covid-19

Published: Friday 9th October 2020

Man learning new skills in post-pandemic economy

The professional skills needed after Covid-19 will change. With crashes and recoveries and more crashes, businesses have had to make major changes to how they function. Some experts have said that work is unlikely to return to how it was pre-pandemic. So, how is the economy going to change, and how will the skills needed after Covid-19 change along with them?

Digital literacy

Companies have digitized their operations during the pandemic at an impressive rate. This has allowed them to become leaner and more flexible. As a result, there will be few jobs in the future that won’t require some basic digital skills. This means becoming knowledgeable in the systems and programs that are widely used in your field will be a must.

Data literacy

Data literacy will also be in high demand. Companies will need to be able to navigate constant shifts in the market in order to be successful. In order to do this, companies will need employees able to gather and interpret large amounts of data to inform organizational decisions.

Adaptability and Flexibility

If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that we can’t rely on much to last, especially a job. Jobs for life are becoming a thing of the past. How companies operate will continue to change. The pandemic accelerated such changes, and it’s likely that similar changes will occur in the future.

In order to be successful in tomorrow’s economy, employees will have to be willing to adapt and change with the times.

Lifelong learning

Most people, rather than having a single career for a lifetime, will have a handful of careers in different fields. This requires them to continually learn new skills that will help them perform better in their work.

Workers who are able to take advantage of continuous development and learning platforms will reap many benefits.

Creativity

creativity will be a key skill after Covid-19

The pandemic has shown us that organizations that think creatively in coming up with new ways to deliver their products and services to market will reap the largest benefits.

Creativity isn’t necessarily about being artistic or being genius-level intelligent. It just means that you’re able to think of new solutions to old or current problems. Individuals who can solve organizational problems in new ways will be highly prized by employers.

Emotional and social skills

With automation set to wipe out a lot low-skilled work in the near future, the supply of simple, repetitive jobs will decrease. As a result, people with soft skills in building and maintaining relationships with other people will become more and more successful in a post-Covid-19 economy.

With uncertainty about the future a growing concern, awareness of a customer’s or an employee’s emotional state will be vital in maintaining productivity and business levels. Workers that are able to take advantage of these skills in awareness will perform better in many of the roles that will open up after Covid-19.

Communications skills

In many ways, the pandemic will offer a big reset for the economy. Organizations will need carefully-crafted communications strategies to reposition themselves in new markets.

Employees who have the ability to reach people on an emotional level in a crowded digital landscape will be incredibly valuable.

Critical thinking

Woman displaying her critical thinking skills post-Covid-19

There’s a lot of information out there, a lot of which is fake or misleading. Individuals who can think critically about the information they have and make informed decisions will be be well placed to help companies grow.

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