A new future also brings a new set of challenges, and that has been true for all of time.

Problem-solving skills and cognitive abilities are one of the first things employers look for, by means of aptitude tests and interviews. Best way to strengthen this skill? Stay curious! Question things as much as you can and put your own spin on solutions.

It is projected that by 2025, we will live over 5 million jobs to automation (Source: Crimson), however, that opens the doors to a whole new world of jobs availability, thus morphing the skills required. Communication is a keyword when looking into the future. There was a period recently where “Remote working” was the job ideal – working from home…yes, please. However, it was found that it was not a sustainable way of working. Organisations needed their teams talking to each other, brainstorming, debating. Productivity increased with human contact, even if it wasn’t all days of the working week. So a key skill I feel will be people skills. The ability to communicate well within a team and externally. Furthermore, the working demographic is changing within tech. It is becoming more diverse! A new range of ages, backgrounds and genders, so the ability to connect with one another is a highly sought out skill. Communication extends to machines too. Programming languages such as Java, Python, C++, CSS to name a few are forming the foundations of companies. So basic knowledge in these languages will do anyone good.

This piece was written by Stemette, Tatjana.

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