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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

The (personal) skills you’ll need post-covid

Upskilling x10: If you peruse social media with any sort of regularity, chances are you’ve come across blanket statements about the potential to learn new skills during the unfavorable circumstances of the past year. And if you’re anything like us, these posts rubbed you the wrong way much of the time — but there is some truth to them. Some skills you were forced to learn while in lockdown may tag along to the post-covid world.

First and foremost is the incorporation of online learning and training in your personal and professional lives with digital platforms such as Coursera and Khan Academy helping people all over the world learn skills such as digital marketing, finance, or marketing, reports Business Australia. Many have also downloaded the education app Duolingo to learn languages to show off during post-covid travels. We’ve all also gained new skills on how to engage and interact with people online, with the pandemic forcing many to foster relationships with friends, family, colleagues, and clients virtually.

Skills the youths should pick up: Programming, technology, digital marketing, graphics, and design, the World Bank suggests. The global entity has already launched several programs across Africa to upskill youths who will enter the digital-driven job market in the next few years. Soft-skills such as crisis management skills and adaptability were focused on and attendees of the program were introduced to ways to work remotely.

Planning to plan ahead: The pandemic has taught us to engage in both short and long-term planning to meet goals. Moreover, it taught people to be flexible and adjust quickly to changing circumstances. That also means looking at numbers and data that could help you judge the health of your business and how to go forward.

Some skills that could make the world a better place: The World Economic Forum has outlined four skills needed to tackle the world's biggest issues post-covid, the first of which is to globally foster “futures literacy” — or the ability to imagine and make sense of the future. UNESCO has been organizing Future Labs in schools and communities in more than 20 countries as a way to teach people the effects of how we act and think on the future. Another abstract skill pushed by the WEF is “systems thinking,” which is a mindset to think, communicate and learn about systems to make patterns clearer, improve and share the understanding of problems and see how to face them effectively. This will help with the third skill “anticipation” which will help us detect signals of possible futures and modify our habits and behaviors to be better prepared for a continuously changing world. Finally, the skill of “strategic foresight” has become imperative to determine what’s in store next for humanity.

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