The 5 most important skills for the working world of the future

The business world of tomorrow will be a completely different one. With the advent of new technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, the job profiles of the future will change fundamentally. Some professions will disappear, others will emerge. In order to optimally prepare employees for this future, a special skills set is needed. Here is a look at the five most important skills for the working world of the future.

Skills for the working world of the future (Source: University of Phoenix Research Institute)

Critical reflection

Even if it is said that machines will take over many standardized processes and collaborate with people, there are still tasks that are left to humans. Especially critical thinking is one of them. While AI and robotics can easily take over standardized processes, humans must recognize and work out the meaning behind the processes. The task of humans in the professional world of the future is therefore to be able to attach deeper meaning or importance to things and thus define priorities.


Social intelligence

Robots are always ready for action, never get tired and are always motivated, but they do not possess a relevant ability of the working world: social intelligence. Assessing the feelings, sensitivities and moods of the other person and reacting appropriately to them will remain a core human skill for the next ten to fifteen years. In order to build truly new business relationships and collaborate, a culture of trust is needed. This task is becoming increasingly important in times of automation and is a key driver for change.


Adaptive thinking

Even if it often seems as if machines are creative, it is only a sequence of logical decisions. But in certain situations flexibility and creativity are needed. The ability to react to unexpected situations will remain in the hands of humans in the future. So when it comes to solutions and answers away from routine and rule-based circumstances, human beings come into play, in all areas – from management to logistics.


Data competence

Every day we produce a huge amount of data. With the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence at our doorstep, the importance of data is growing exponentially. In order not to get lost in this sea of information and to meet the requirements, one must have the competence to extract meaningful information. Data Scientists and Data Analysts will be more and more needed in the working world of the future and every employee should develop basic data competencies.



Probably the most important ability for the future is interdisciplinary work. The tasks of the future will be varied and interdisciplinary. It is no longer enough to divide employees and specialists into generalists and specialists. In the future, employees must be versatile. It needs T-Shaped People.

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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