What skills should you develop in the 21st Century? That’s not an easy question to answer. But one way to think about it is to focus on types of skills least likely to be automated.
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” ― Mark Twain
Map Out The 21st Century Skills You Need to Prosper
“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard
A Few Timeless Roles
The following are roles that that will likely prosper in the first half of the 21st Century.
You can’t fire the big boss — well that not quite true. Since most entrepreneurs are wise enough not to go public and have a board of directors they have lifetime employment as long as they have a strong balance and they’re not stupid enough to let others control 51% of the stock.
The c-Level (CEO, CIO, CTO, CFO, CLO)
Honestly, sometimes I think a public corporation would if it could maximize profits by downsizing to one employee. Actually, a cynic would say that in a corporation of one, the poor CEO would likely keep a small group of sycophants to boss around. Remember, c-level executives rarely fire themselves for incompetence or to improve the bottom line.
The Project Manager
Stay away from jobs where you do the same thing the same way. If you’re doing the same thing the same way, a machine can likely do it faster with fewer mistakes. Since projects have more variation than process, expert systems will have a tougher time doing it. That’s why one should consider developing project management skills.
I know, no self-respecting business major wants a job in sales. Huge mistake. Sales are the launch pad that rockets you into really understanding people (and why they buy no less).
It was hard to imagine that a machine will be able to run a sports team. It’s also possible that people might perfect a human to coach them to learn skills.