Skills for the future of work

The world of work is changing. Many of the job profiles that are part of our everyday lives today will no longer exist in a few years’ time. The automation and digitalisation of many areas of work will play a particularly important role here.

Professions such as the Augmented Reality Journey Builder or the curator of digital content and memories will open up completely new opportunities. But there will also be demand for professions such as consultant for alternative energy sources or 3D printing architect.


But how do you prepare for a future that has not yet been written? How do you develop the skills for tomorrow’s world of work? There are a few skills that you can acquire today to be successful in the future.


Problem solving ability

The future, precisely because of its uncertainty, will bring with it some new problems. Technologies are fundamentally changing processes and everyday situations. One only has to look at the meteoric rise of mobile technologies. But all these innovations, however positive they may be for our lives, bring with them challenges that need to be solved. They must therefore get used to looking beyond their own horizons and seeing processes in their entirety instead of just looking at individual building blocks. In this way they can relax and head for the future, even if everything should turn out differently than I have predicted here.



Creativity has experienced a real upswing in recent years. Design thinking, service design and other innovation methods are highly valued by managers. But especially in automation, creativity plays an incredible role as a unique selling point. While machines are built to solve problems efficiently and logically, they are not yet able to produce truly original and creative content. This is the chance for the job market of the future.

Social Skills

Machines can complement or take over many aspects of life. But in their social interaction, their empathy, their emotions and their ability to listen actively, they are still inferior to humans. According to recent studies, professions that enable empathy, such as nurses or teachers, are very likely to still exist in ten or twenty years. You should therefore work on your people skills.


MINT and Data Skills

In a data-driven world, it can’t hurt to understand the technology behind it. Therefore, skills in the MINT sector, but also in data analytics or cloud technologies, are a guarantee for a career with a future in the coming years.


With all these skills, one thing is particularly important. One should always approach new challenges openly. Don’t get involved just because you’ve completed your training or studies in a particular profession. Interdisciplinarity in particular is what distinguishes you and what will inspire your future employer.

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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