Profound research conducted by futurist Thomas Frey shows that billions of jobs in the future will no longer exist, which is why versatility is so important. It is essential to adopt versatile skills sooner rather than later and prepare for the future…it will come around a lot sooner than you may think.
What does versatility mean?
A dictionary definition says that versatility is “capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavour, etc.”. To adopt a versatile nature means to challenge yourself. Escape the comfort zone and enter the land of adventure…this is the best way to blossom and learn new skills. It can be very easy to get stuck in a routine…have you considered other ways of doing things, of working? It is a good idea to learn new ways and methods to operate as it separates you as an individual from the rest. You need to keep in mind that required skills in a workplace often change over time, so constantly improve your skills by updating your courses and acquiring fresh, innovative skills.
Becoming more versatile
The first thing to do is to master your craft. Become the best at what you do in your field. Study your field daily, even if it is for five minutes, you never know what you might pick up. decide that you can and will become more versatile by making a conscious decision. Tell yourself that you are ready to commit to learning new skills and digest it so that it doesn’t seem like a chore. Keep reading about the subject and make some notes on your current skill and new skills. Also, be mindful of where your career is taking you. How is technology changing and shaping your industry? Stay on top of trends. Become your own futurist!
Pass down versatile skills
After learning how to become more versatile, make sure that you pass down your skills and knowledge to other generations. If you have children then make sure you teach them the relevant skills to be prepared for a futurist mind frame. Prepare people NOW for the changes in the future. Think versatile, be versatile. Simple. It is so important that schools, colleges and universities prepare their students for the futurist philosophy. As much as ‘reading, writing and arithmetic’ is important, so are life skills. Make this one of your top priorities and really make a difference in any way you can.