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What are future skills and why they are so important?

It’s really important in our changing job market to be able to adapt ourselves easily and quickly. A great way to do this is to equip ourselves with ‘Future Skills’ which can be easily transferred to a range of diverse career options, and can be quite fun to gain!

Future Skills can be used throughout your journey to your dream job – from writing your CV and job interviews through to getting noticed in your new job!

First of all, what are Future Skills? 

Experts tell us and research shows that in the future, a lot of jobs will be lost through advances in technology and automation. However, what will not be lost is the human behavioural understanding, which technology cannot replicate. These are needed more than ever in the future which is why we call them ‘Future Skills.’

They can include:

  • Caring for others
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Cultural understanding
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Resilience
  • Social responsibility
  • Teamwork
How to build your Future Skills:
  • Get involved in regular volunteer work that will give you Future Skills
  • Get involved with a community project
  • Spend time getting to know people from different cultural and social backgrounds
  • Secure an internship at a business or organisation that is innovative and cutting edge
  • Align yourself with mentors that are leaders in their fields to get advice and learn from

Don’t forget, you are the future! Get stuck in, give things a go and there will be no holding you back!

Food for thought: In 2019, the New Zealand Government committed to making New Zealand a clean, green and carbon-neutral economy. Getting hands-on volunteering experience with local conservationists is a great addition to your CV as it shows employers you are contributing to an important national goal.

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