You Need These Modern-Day Skills
to Survive in This Technological Era

See also: Getting Social Online

The society in which we live today is constantly undergoing a process of evolution. Humans, technology, and even the environment are continuously adapting to various new changes every day.

Change is occurring everywhere, and it also impacts one another aspect of our life - our skill set. The skills that we rely on to make it through everyday life also experience changes over time.

Whether it be the ability to start a fire or comfort someone in a time of crisis, we are all going through the process of being scrutinized by not just our friends and family but also by the whole world.

That is why today, we share with you some of the most useful skills that you can develop to help you manage the everyday obstacles in your life.

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Along with the skill set to protect yourself physically, you should also develop the ability to secure yourself online.

Even with over 30 million cybersecurity attacks taking place each year, not enough people are fully aware of the risks, let alone are equipped to protect themselves against such crimes.

Cybersecurity, like any skill, can be self-taught.

Something as simple as using a virtual private network with robust encryption and security protocols can offer you ultimate protection against several cybersecurity threats.

Also, with a virtual private network, you can enjoy other benefits as well. For example, you can unblock various geo-restricted streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Disney Plus, and more. Other vital virtual private network benefits include secure remote access, torrenting, and internet freedom.

Being Tech Savvy

In a world where almost 82% of job vacancies require some form of digital skill, it is imperative that you quickly reduce the growing digital skills gap within you.

The world is investing in new technology, but it is also looking forward to investing in individuals who can easily understand that technology.

Individuals who can constantly keep up with the new emerging and improved technology are always preferred by organizations in their recruitment.

The need for specialist digital skill sets to assist various companies in becoming aligned with today’s myriad technologies and platforms has skyrocketed.

It is understood that the need to know every system or platform in detail is impossible, but demonstrating a solid working knowledge of computer programming, the cloud, artificial intelligence, and the most essential security tools such as virtual private networks can easily help you to gain an advantage.

Communication and emotional intelligence

Communication is the key. No matter how far humans advance, communication will always remain an essential part of human civilization.

Emotional intelligence is also another part of the same coin. To be fully aware of and demonstrate genuine empathy for others is very important. When people feel uneasy, worried, or even scared, how you show compassion to them is crucial.

Unfortunately, you cannot make anyone feel better if you don’t possess good communication skills. While many of us are working from our homes, we all must be clear in our communication to ensure trust and obtain great productivity levels.

This skill will not only take you forward in the corporate world but will also improve your morality.


This skill set shouldn’t be associated with any particular group of people. No matter which walk of life you are in, you should develop and hone your leadership skills.

It is also not only about good management or supervising skills. It is about channelling your idea, methods, process, and execution strategy to others while encouraging and embracing them in the process.

Another essential part of leadership skills is to be self-aware and hold yourself accountable when necessary. As a leader it should be your duty to come forth and set an example for others, and that also includes taking responsibility and holding yourself accountable during any crisis.

To gain effective leadership skills, you need to understand public relations, negotiation, research, and management.

Flexibility and adaptability

To many of us, being able to adapt and remain flexible comes naturally. So, when we grow up and start to mature, our consciousness automatically develops these skills within us, for most of us, that is.

Being flexible is more about having an open mindset, working under pressure, adjusting to unfamiliar situations, prioritizing various tasks, and accepting extra responsibilities.

By being flexible, and able to quickly and easily adapt to various situations, you will not only make things easier for yourself but for other people as well. This will ultimately allow them to appreciate you more.

Critical Thinking

According to a Society for Human Resource Management study, 37% of employers confirmed that their candidates lacked critical thinking.

In a global age where we are bombarded with untrustworthy news and data, it is essential that you can think rationally to ensure objective evaluation and make informed decisions.

We all have been doing critical thinking from the beginning. The questions that we ask each other every day to further dig down into things to better understand are all part of critical thinking.

You just need to enhance your knowledge of the project, task, or assignment at hand.

Creativity and innovation

Machines and AI have already started dominating most of the roles in analytics and various other operating systems, but one thing that still gives humans an advantage is the ability to think outside the box.

Don’t think that creativity is only connected with creative professions such as art and costume design. Creative thinking is an essential part of the thought process in almost every industry.

As human society is continuously evolving and adapting, everyone needs to enter into their creative mindset to overcome obstacles and challenges in their path.

First Judgement

We should stop judging people based on our first impression of them due to the rise of social media and a better understanding of various mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

You should start to try to give people a second chance and not judge them on your first impression, their profile picture, or even on something they said on Twitter decades ago. Ultimately how you treat people will determine how they treat you. As the famous saying goes, you sow what you reap.

The Skills You Need Guide to Personal Development

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The Skills You Need Guide to Personal Development

Learn how to set yourself effective personal goals and find the motivation you need to achieve them. This is the essence of personal development, a set of skills designed to help you reach your full potential, at work, in study and in your personal life.

The second edition of or bestselling eBook is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their skills and learning potential, and it is full of easy-to-follow, practical information.

About the Author

Ellison Shirley tends to go down the rabbit hole when it comes to research; hence it’s up to her to present the latest happenings in streaming town. And so she does. A serial binge-watcher, opinionated with a pinch of feminism on top, you name it, she’s a bit of everything.