Look outside your window, take some time to think about how transformed the world has been in the last 15-20 years. The internet has forced the entire globe into dramatic revolution; even the way we talk to each other has changed. The world changes to a degree that you’ll never always be able to keep up with it. That’s why it’s important, as a young person, to develop as many life skills now as you can.
In this new piece from Entrepreneur, Chris W. Dunn lays down what the next twenty years from graduates now will look like. The average millennial is expected to have more than four careers in his or her lifetime.
Here are six valuable skills every millennial needs to know to thrive in today’s economy.
1. Master time-saving tools
For young people striving to get ahead, time is the most valuable commodity you have. But making use of programs and tools like Slack, Evernote and Feedly, you can make the absolute most of your time. Alternatively you might be using them to regain time you spent procrastinating earlier.
2. Cultivate diverse cultural awareness
Businesses are no longer national, most entrepreneurs are doing business on a global scale. Having travel experience will aid your understanding of the sensitivities, practices and values of the world market. “The more you get out and experience other cultures, the easier it will be for you to connect and work with people of different backgrounds”.
3. Social and emotional intelligence
Since most communication these days is transmitted from screen-to-screen, it’s easy to allow your emotional intelligence skills to deteriorate. Our ability to empathise, show sincerity and voice frustration are limited by how poorly digital platforms can convey these emotions.
With flexible working on the cusp of being standard business practice, the ability to manage your own tasks, projects, lines of communication and schedules is of paramount importance in terms of life skills.
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5. Understand core computer technology
By ‘understand core computer technology’, I don’t mean ‘do Facebook good’. Of course you need to be competent in social media and organisational tools like Google Docs and Dropbox but a basic understanding of computer languages like HTML and CSS will become increasingly expected.
6. Effectively use mobile marketing
Mobile digital marketing makes it cheaper and faster to identify user/customer wants, needs and habits. Spreading your message via mobile is the most effective and simple way of getting yourself heard. With an overwhelming amount of content being produced every day, millennial need to be able to stand out from the crowd.