Are you looking for a fresh start in 2019? Maybe you'd like to get fit? Learn a new skill? Or change career?
According to analysis from networking site LinkedIn, 2019's employers are looking for a combination of both hard and soft skills, with creativity topping the list of desired attributes. The findings chime with the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs report, which concluded that "human" skills like originality, initiative, and critical thinking are likely to increase in value as technology and automation advances.
"Strengthening a soft skill is one of the best investments you can make in your career, as they never go out of style. "Plus, the rise of AI is only making soft skills increasingly important, as they are precisely the type of skills robots can't automate."
Robots are coming
For the Forum, there's also a "growing skills instability" where technology changes the profiles of many current jobs and different competencies are required. It estimates that more than half of all employees will require significant re- and upskilling in the coming years.
And its message for policymakers is clear: a considered and strategic approach is needed to manage the changes that are already underway.
"Current shifts underway in the workforce will displace some workers while at the same time create new opportunities for others," the Forum's report said. "However, maximizing the gains and minimizing the losses requires attention not just from policymakers, but also coherent responses from companies to find win-win solutions for workers and for their bottom line."