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13 September 2017Highlights
Most Valued Skills in Future - Citi UK

What skills will be most valued in the future?

  • Technology is continuing to redefine required skills in all industries
  • Collaborating with technology and understanding its capabilities is now key
  • While the future of learning will be tech-based, students should still explore literature and art

Throughout the ages, the skills most prioritised by employers have evolved, largely thanks to the rapid advance of technology changing the way we live. As a result, predicting the most valued skills of the future has become an especially interesting debate.


Harnessing the power of technology

Whilst technology may have disrupted industries, stock markets and workforces alike, it's also forced humanity to redefine their skills, unlocking new opportunities with every development.

In a recent Citigold webinar on the subject of the desired skills of the future, Ayesha Khanna, co-founder and CEO of ADDO AI, said, "Technology is a way to tinker and to innovate. That is the future of education – using technology as a language for creativity and then using collaboration as a way to come up with new ideas."

Professor Paulin Straughan, Dean of Students at the Singapore Management University, who also took part in the webinar agrees that staying ahead of the technology curve is nothing without engaging with one another on a human level too.

"Whether or not we can leverage on technology to help advance our needs really depends on how well we understand the human ecosystem," says Straughan.

"If you have an intricate understanding and appreciation of how people work together and what triggers them towards particular outcomes, then you realise that we are in control."

The future of education for our children

According to Straughan, as important as skills like coding are becoming, there's also an increased appreciation for those that can't be automated by machines. And that has brought about an upswing of interest in social sciences and humanities in recent years, and the best results should come from a balance between skillsets.

"If your kids are learning coding and engineering, [make sure] that they're also studying Shakespeare, doing their poetry, and they're also doing art," says Khanna too. "Because ultimately, the jobs that will be most highly paid, and the people that will be most prized are those that see no distinction between technology and creativity."

So while they're often seen as separate entities today, it's those that combine the best of technology and creativity that will be most prized in the future. Our greatest innovations will come from harnessing the power of new technology to bring creations to life.

Investing in your child's education? Read more on the future of education, and be sure to speak with your Relationship Manager, who can help you set up a trackable education goal if required.

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