The Most Important Job Skills For The Future Are Not What You Think

November 15, 2019 | 2 minute read
Brandye Barrington
Sr. Program Manager
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According to a recent article The 5 Most Important Job Skills For the Future are skills that lay the foundation for whatever job-specific skill you'll need in your area of work. 

Topping the list are interpersonal skills, creativity, and adaptability. These soft skills are crucial to remaining relevant in the job market and thriving in today's fast-paced business climate where initiatives, priorities, and technologies can change on a dime and much of your team may be remote, requiring digital collaboration.

Data literacy and tech savviness round out the list with skills that cover wide swaths of technology.

There is no doubt that data is king. Your  business is only as good as your data. A company's ability to manage, store, protect, and analyze data is crucial to their business functions. While you don't need to be an expert in the area of database administration or data management, having a familiarity with where your data comes from, what is included and how you can use it is important and ever-changing. 

Finally, tech savviness is an ongoing skill that can only be developed by remaining curious and continuing to learn. Know what technologies are available today, what technologies are coming in fast, and how to ramp up quickly. 

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The most important thing you can do to develop and nurture these skills is to dedicate yourself to never stop learning. Continued learning in your field allows for creativity and adaptability. Continued learning keeps you on top of the latest trends in data - how it's being used, how it's being stored and managed, and how it's being protected. And finally, continued learning keeps you up-to-date on the latest technologies. Even if you don't directly use these technologies in your day-to-day job, having some knowledge the latest tools puts you in the best position to make strategic decisions for your business. 

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As Oracle technologists - administrators, developers, analysts, implementers, managers, consultants, end users, and more, you can stay abreast of the latest technologies in your field by purchasing an Oracle Learning Subscription, chock full of relevant and continually updated, easily consumable training. These subscriptions offer 12 months of 24X7 access to the latest training from Oracle as well as relevant certification exams at no additional cost so that you can easily show that you're staying on top of the latest technologies in your field. 

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Develop the skills to thrive in today's market rather than just surviving.

Brandye Barrington

Sr. Program Manager

Brandye is a Senior Program Manager with Oracle Certification. An experienced leader in the field of IT Certification, Brandye has been in the certification industry for nearly 20 years, helping to build, grow and adapt Oracle's world class certification program. 

Brandye's expertise spans the operational intricacies of building and managing a global certification program; providing engaging dialog and building enduring relationships with customers and industry leaders; maintaining content and communications on an ever-evolving website, support structure and social media network; and keeping the Oracle Certification audience informed on new policies and procedures as well as new certifications, exams and products that enhance their careers and provide maximum ROI on their certification investment.

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