Three Skills Your Child Will Need


Some have shared with me their feelings about the bleak future of technology and how the next generation will have to deal with the increasing demand for automation. I am not surprised about this claim, especially when you have trade wars happening between two economic superpowers like China and the US. With that, the ever-increasing loss of jobs to automation and robots.

My response is to encourage the next generation of young game-changers to develop their CAT skills in order to remain competitive.

Creative Thinking - Being able to think creatively is not only vital to solving future problems, but it will also be used to create new opportunities for oneself and the economy. The future is going to favour those who can think creatively on their feet, and will reward those who can create new opportunities for the world.

Adaptive Behaviour - The future is going to be changing at a rapid rate that demands the next generation to adapt quickly. Jobs will not be like what we know today, and some jobs that we admire today will inevitably disappear to automation tomorrow. Those who cannot adapt quickly will be redundant just as quickly.

Technology Minded - As technology will be driving force of the future, so does the need for individuals to be tech-savvy about it. Technology will be like a second language, and speaking to technology will be like second nature. Being able to speak its language will give the next generation an upper hand.

Richard Ong is the author of Mindsets and Core Purpose. He is deeply passionate about helping others develop new products and services for the future. He is also a business coach and keynote speaker, with multiple IBM Bravo and Performance awards. He was met by Prince Charles to discuss his entrepreneurial efforts in Malaysia and was featured on national radio.

Richard Ong earned his Masters in Business Administration from Victoria University, Melbourne. He was the president of the VUMBA Community from 2010 to 2011 and was recognised as a WORQ super-member in 2018 for his community-building efforts. He also teaches part-time at Sunway University and Jeffrey Sachs Center.

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