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“While their economic impact has thus far been muted, automation and artificial intelligence raise the spectre of mass displacement of workers.” What can we do to prepare for the uncertain future of work? According to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Human Capital Report, there are two sets of “core, cross-functional skills that underpin a career”: interpersonal skills and basic technology skills. The report was developed by the World Economic Forum in partnership with LinkedIn.The LinkedIn data was “used to analyse the labour market in an unprecedentedly granular way [to] break down human capital into its most fundamental and critical component unit: skills.” The report found that interpersonal skills, like leadership and customer service aren’t likely to be replaced by “technological innovation or economic disruptions,” and basic tech skills serve as a complement to learning the newest innovations. Both sets of skills are adaptable, stand the test of time, are essential across industries and departments, and give people “the capacity to pivot careers” as needed.
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