Risk & Business Magazine JGS Insurance Risk & Business Magazine Spring 2018 - Page 22

RELATIONSHIPS The Surprising Skills Needed In The Future I t’s a chaotic, fast-changing time we live in. Automation, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, cyber-threats, business bots, and the Internet of things. It would seem that in this age of hyper- accelerating technology, we would need the techie skills to match. Maybe, maybe not. Recently Deloitte conducted a survey to understand the millennial generation and get their view on the future of business, productivity, and what millennials think of the emerging younger GenZ generation. It’s mostly good news. Eight thousand millennials were surveyed from all over the world and 22 it turns out millennials are pretty optimistic, particularly when it comes to job readiness for the emerging younger population. The advice of thirty- somethings to the younger generation emerging now doesn’t appear too different from advice from the past. From the study: • Learn as much as possible: Begin your career open-minded and be ready to learn from others. • Work hard: Do your best and do not be lazy. • Be patient: Take your time when entering the workforce and go step- by-step. • Be dedicated: Be committed to succeeding and persevering. • Be flexible: Be open and adaptable to change and try new things. Sound familiar? Thomas Jefferson, Michelangelo, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr. all gave similar advice at different times in history. But the surprising discovery in the study regards the specific skills needed to perform at a high level in the future. According to millennials working today in the world, it’s not technical skills that are needed. Analytic skills, IT skills, programming, social media skills, even language skills, and a global mindset, all ranked below the importance