Soft Skills as a winning factor for tomorrow’s work
“Linear” careers have not existed for a while and it is easy to see how today, at the age of 40, several jobs have already changed. Now more than ever, in order to face the new crisis that is affecting the entire panorama, it is necessary to strengthen one’s ability to resourcefulness and adaptation to the context.
Everyone must be able to reorganize themselves to embark on this journey, making an internal analysis of their skills, as well as the external environment that surrounds them. Inherent in the concept of travel there is always organization, so where to go if everything around seems to scare you? Better to focus on something more “safe”, or not?
If we are thinking about a new career planning, if the only horizon we choose to follow is that of a “safe” job, it may certainly not be enough to fully meet our expectations. First of all, because, with the exception of state employees, the vast majority of jobs – we have understood this very well in recent months – bring with them a series of fragility and therefore, of precariousness inherent in the constant phenomenon of change.
The challenge is to learn to rethink yourself professionally, and thus leave behind that concept of “stability” that has been basking millions of careers for years. It becomes essential to have individual responsibility, and knowing how to confront and accept the dynamics of a constantly evolving market. The real difference, valid for every single age group to “play your game well”, is and will increasingly be that of knowing your skills thoroughly and knowing how to make the most of them depending on the needs of the context and depending on your professional, precise and realistic project that you have in mind. Jobs age quickly, everything changes faster, and those who will not adapt , acquiring new types of soft skills as well as the “hard” ones, will risk being left behind. It is no coincidence, in fact, that it is estimated that in the next few years it will be mostly “executive” works, to give space to works that instead favor creativity, imagination, relationship, problem-solving and intellect.
The curriculum must be thought of as a self-marketing tool to present your project (with a view to the future, on “who I want to be”,”what I’m passionate about”, “what I can do”) and thus transmit your value and your uniqueness , more than a space to enclose one’s experiences. And the elements that will prevail will increasingly be those that will reveal clarity, proactivity, passion, trust and talent.
And also for the job search the ability to field relationships, the ability to contaminate oneself, the ability to resourcefulness and to create will play an increasingly significant role. For this reason, giving vent to multiple experiences and interests, even different from each other, and being able to connect them in a common goal, will be an increasingly rewarding enrichment at a professional level. And probably, as a result of these dynamics and greater flexibility of roles and new requests, a significant increase in freelance workers will follow and also employment contracts will become leaner.
So, right now it’s not just about investing in digital and techno skills, but also being able to give ample space to the part of our emotional intelligence, to our ability to listen, analyze, negotiate, create, imagine, balance, resolve, anticipate, mediate, adapt. Without this, no algorithm, job advertisement or “permanent position” can guarantee us a safe haven for mooring tomorrow. Curiosity and self-confidence are the real keys to the future.