Employability and career advancement are very crucial aspects of a person’s life and particularly as a person moves from youth to adulthood, the need for job landing and career recognition becomes even more pressing.

Skill building is one critical aspect for the development of both individuals and economies. It is no secret that in today’s world, development of the right skills can lead to better career prospects and enhanced growth and while the word “skill” may seem quite vague, big organizations and successful individuals recognize the development of some specific skills as necessary for career happiness. These skills include a range of interpersonal and technical abilities.

Competitive markets demand better skills

The international and local job markets are becoming increasingly competitive and to thrive in these innovation driven and ambitious economies, millennials need to have a set of skills as compared to what they had in the past. It is wrong in believing that only specific academic or technical abilities are required for landing on careers or progressing in careers. Besides the technical skills, competent skills like collaboration, intuitiveness, emotional stability, problem solving and leadership combine to impact careers in the modern world.

Digital technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade and this is resulting in technically skilled individuals being produced in large amounts. Yet, they complaint about not getting placement in the industry while others who get placements seem to be unsatisfied with their work life. To counter this situation, there is a need to realize the change in employability and occupational skills and already there is a trend in which employers are now looking for individuals who possess a combination of skills.

Building human skills for the future

As the fourth industrial revolution is taking place, advance robotics and machine systems are replacing humans at conventional job roles. Manual labor is replaced by efficient and highly programmed machine systems. Intelligent robots have been built to perform regular tasks with more speed and accuracy. In this hour, humans need to make their way in the market by acquiring and building in themselves a range of skills. Skills that will make them out shine and increase their chances of employment. Some of these skills include persistence, curiosity, inspiration, strategic thinking and leadership.

Recently, Telenor conducted an online survey that collected responses from six nations of Asia (Pakistan, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India and Malaysia). The survey titled ‘Jobs of the Future’ aimed to assess the attitude of millennials living in Singapore, Malaysia, India, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan regarding their future careers and the impact of technology. The survey confirmed that a vast majority of millennials in Asia realize that their future career success will depend both upon human and technical skills. A high percentage of individuals in all nations agree that robots and machines will be a part of the future job market and therefore, humans need to build humane skills for great future jobs. The ability to inspire and lead was recognized as the most important skill to be developed.

Most important skills for future jobs

This survey revealed that youth in various economies value different skills based on the prospect of getting ready for future jobs. In South Asia, the youth thinks that the ability to ‘inspire others and leadership’ are the two very important skills as per survey conducted in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. For the youth in Singapore, this changes to ‘people management and emotional intelligence’ while for Myanmar and Malaysia, the focus is on ‘creativity & cognitive ability’ and ‘mobile, web development and coding skills’ respectively.

The motivating impact of technology invites us to take a better command on our skills. Humans should be directed towards building skills that will help them advance in their future careers. It is interesting to find out that the youth in Asia is aligned to realize the importance of technology and skills for their future careers. However, we still need to have a better knowledge of indicators and global change makers which will have shape future careers of our generations.  There is also a need of developing a standard or a measure for these high demanded skills across organizations worldwide to provide better jobs and career growth!

Below you will find the full detailed infographic based on research by Telenor.