With the growing popularity of the digital world, the need to acquire digital knowledge and skills are essential to reach our full potential.
It’s fair to say that ‘digital skills’ is a very broad term that covers a wide range of knowledge and competencies.
Everybody’s definition will be different, however, digital skills are becoming near-universal requirements for jobs, business, and everyday life.
The effect of digital technologies is more dominant and is influencing our human behaviour, regardless of country or culture.
The digital world is changing our leadership roles as parents raising children, in schools, business and life in general.
Technology is providing enormous value, enabling us to connect, collaborate and expand our minds – refining awareness about important matters, bringing people together for a common purpose and accomplishing new advancements.
As a result, digital adaptation is crucial and we need to acquire the skills and proficiency we need.
WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL DIGITAL SKILLS TO SECURE YOUR FUTURE?
The most in-demand individuals have a blend of human strengths with technical and digital know-how. People in demand are those who seek to continuously learn and adapt.
More and more organisations are changing to advanced, self-operating methods, and these companies need people with good IT skills to strengthen redevelopment.
The majority of companies say communication skills, written and verbal, are their most valued expertise. There are other abilities that might be important for individuals to succeed as well, and they include:
GOOD PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS
Many companies are actively seeking people who understand the underlying issues of a problem.
Knowing enough to be able to make a quick decision to solve a problem requires the use of creative thinking.
Problem-solving and decision-making are closely related skills and making a decision is an important part of the problem-solving process. People who can solve problems with viable solutions will be in demand.
ABILITY TO THINK CLEARLY AND RATIONALLY
Critical thinking challenges you to use your ability to reason. It is about being an active learner rather than a passive receiver of information.
Critical thinkers thoroughly question ideas and assumptions rather than accepting them at face value. They think in certain ways so as to arrive at the best possible solution.
Our ability to think clearly and rationally differs according to our current mindset, we can learn to improve our critical thinking ability by developing certain routine activities and apply them to all problems that present themselves.
DEVELOP CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
Competition is intense these days across most industries, resources are rigorous and doing things the way they have always been done doesn’t work anymore.
Creative and innovative people devise new ways to carry out tasks and meet challenges.
Having the ability to think outside the box to achieve success is a top skill to possess.
Working well with others and appreciating the ideas from different team members is essential in today’s environment.
Human interaction will become more and more important as technology is taking over certain tasks.
Being able to communicate and collaborate together to leverage individual strengths requires a substantial level of self-awareness.
True collaboration is where everyone is able to contribute their abilities and skills and nurture people’s collaboration skills.
True teamwork is one where everyone has a voice. They are willing to learn and improve skills and remain open-minded. To infuse collaboration encouragement and adaption to other people’s ideas is of great advantage.
Leadership skills are highly sought as it involves dealing with people to motivate, enthuse, captivate, influence, support, and build respect.
One of the main characteristics of good leaders is their flexibility and ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
Leaders have the ability to listen carefully, to understand concerns; they identify ways to help people become more efficient, and are able to maintain strong relationships.
CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS
It is amazing to see how many businesses fail due to the lack of good customer service.
The way people consume information or services has shaped people’s perceptions and influenced how we behave. People can easily differentiate a good company when they provide excellent service.
Those who make the customer experience a priority, anticipate customer needs, and design products and solutions to meet those needs, will be in demand.
DEVELOP NEW SKILLS AND EMBRACE THE DIGITAL WORLD
The World Economic Forum asserted, “You either disrupt or are disrupted.” This statement tells us that we must be initiators of change and assume responsibility for creating the digital culture and mindset to generate a thoughtful and fruitful digital experience.
We must become a student of the digital world, using training platforms, social media, digital trends, and so on to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Like it or not, the digital world is one of empowered, individualized experiences we must embrace, it has no boundaries or titles.
It is diverse and inclusive, and when nurtured, it can give us endless opportunities to harness innovation, solve problems, share knowledge and learn from others.
CAN YOU LEVERAGE THE DIGITAL WORLD TO CREATE THE LIFESTYLE YOU DESIRE?
More and more people worry about being replaced by the digital workforce with the unstoppable development of artificial intelligence (AI).
Artificial intelligence is reshaping the way we live and work as it has the potential to automate a wide range of human activities. Today’s career paths, and for future generations, will be forever changed as a result of the introduction of artificial intelligence.
We cannot ignore the fact the AI will have a significant impact on our lives in the upcoming years. But, on the other hand, is giving us the opportunity to expand without compromising our values.
We are rapidly evolving and we need to develop new skills if we are are going to keep pace with change.
Technology is providing an alternative to a variety of educational programs where the learners can approach education at their own pace according to their specific interests and preferences.
I am a senior entrepreneur and thanks to technology I am able to take care of my husband and family while I create a lifestyle business to earn an income.
I am educating myself to build an online business that provides value to others while at the same time pursuing my passion.
CREATE A LIFESTYLE BUSINESS
You can do the same, you can create a career or an online business for yourself doing something that gives you freedom, flexibility while working on something that you are passionate about through this fantastic technology.
The digital world is so advanced that we don’t have to be a technical genius or a computer programmer. Opportunity is there for us all.
You might want to re-educate yourself without attending school or university and earn while you are learning. Anything is possible thanks to this facility, and the opportunities are endless.
If you are interested in learning more about business models and how to start a profitable online business, register for this free training webcast by my mentor Ross Stuart.
The webinar will help you understand how a digital business works and how, with the support of our team and community, we can help you achieve your financial and personal goals.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how the digital world has changed your life and any other ideas that you might want to share in the comments below.
To Your Success,
We are rapidly evolving and we need to develop new skills if we are going to keep pace with change.
Qualifications today are becoming less about what you already know and more about your capacity to learn and adapt.
Those who embrace this change are finding a transformative, hyper-connected world that is teeming with countless opportunities.
By diving in with courage, respect and care, digital technology can be the greatest gift we give to our global community.