As a recruiter, I’ve been banging on about this for ages to anyone that will listen. If you are in education and in my company, I will talk to you about what our children need to be taught to survive the future. In fact not just our children but job seekers of any age!

In the world of work where a job isn’t for life anymore, where you may have more than four careers in a lifetime, and that some jobs may run concurrently as the future of work, you have to consider life-long learning, and by that I mean you need to be upskilling yourself all the time.

Look anywhere and you will see that the age of AI (artificial intelligence) is upon us – in 10 years’ time from now, actually in 5 years, a lot of the jobs now will become obsolete, yet the soft skills or social skills will be the ones that can’t be emulated in AI.

These are the skills that I’m looking for: social skills – the ability to communicate with me and others at all levels – empathy, resilience (call it mental toughness if you like) and kindness which is ideally on top of qualifications. If you do not have qualifications, at least have the social and soft skills and I will be able to help you get a job.

Give me a candidate that can smile as they walk into a room, shake my hand firmly whilst looking at me (this does not mean staring me out, just keep eye contact and be able to hold a personable conversation), the ability to be a team player to make people feel at ease in your presence, keenness to learn new skills, add all that to the right ‘can do’ attitude and most employers agree that these skills far outweigh qualifications.

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We offer an employability test online that shows you your strengths and weaknesses in terms of problem-solving, creativity, altruism, emotional intelligence, assertiveness, conscientiousness, continuous improvement, continuous professional development, team working and organisation. It shows your abilities, your motivations and drivers, your skills in dealing with people, and your skills in dealing with problems – it’s a great measure to show an employer, especially if you lack qualifications or to add to your existing great qualifications.

By Mandy Purdie