Do the current skills you have set you up for a better job in the future? Do they help you excel in the current position you're in now? If not, incredible opportunity still awaits: all you need to do is pick up a few new life skills and you will see your chances of being successful increase in all areas of life.
Whether you're an entry-level employee or CEO, there is a wide variety of life skills available for you to learn and eventually master. If you're wondering which skills are highly desired, see below for the keys to a more enriched professional and personal life.
1. Public speaking.
With each day comes a new chance to speak up and speak out. Public speaking is one of the most critical skills you can develop, because not only will it help you communicate your ideas to your colleagues in a clear and effective manner, but it can help you persuade, sell, and boost your confidence.
Text and e-mail speak is easy. But how familiar are you with writing in different styles when the time calls for it? Can you write a professional report, or can you write a polite, but firm, letter? With strong writing skills, you will have mastered spelling and grammar, but, above all else, you will be an expert at organizing and communicating your thoughts coherently and concisely.
3. Cloud computing.
According to LinkedIn, cloud computing is the most in-demand hard skill of 2019. This list, writes editor of LinkedIn Learning Paul Petrone, demonstrates shifting corporate interests, with highly technical skills reflecting "our increasingly digital world." A spike of interest in cloud computing means companies are on the hunt for engineers who can understand networking and advanced security for the digital experience.
The World Economic Forum, which surveyed 350 executives across 9 industries, says creativity is one of the top three skills employers will seek in the coming decade. This is higher than its 2015 position, where creativity ranked 10th. As we become inundated with new apps and technologies, creative people who can apply their skills to new products and services are becoming highly sought after.
5. Ability to learn.
How can you expect to grow as a person, unless you have the ability and willingness to learn? One of the most appealing characteristics any job seeker, employer, or person can have is the skill of knowing how (and the desire) to learn. Knowing the most effective and efficient ways to learn new knowledge, tools, or skills, is ultimately the gift that keeps on giving.