The Future of Jobs: Are WEF’s Workforce Skills Predictions Still Relevant in the Era of Generative AI?

Giuliano Liguori
2 min readAug 23, 2023
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WEF’s Top 10 Skills — A Quick Recap

Let’s briefly recap the key skills the WEF identified that would be in high demand:

  1. Analytical thinking and innovation
  2. Active learning and learning strategies
  3. Complex problem-solving
  4. Critical thinking and analysis
  5. Creativity, originality and initiative
  6. Leadership and social influence
  7. Technology use, monitoring and control
  8. Technology design and programming
  9. Resilience, stress tolerance and flexibility
  10. Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation
source WEF

The Common Thread — Uniquely Human Strengths

Reviewing this list three years later, the common thread is these skills spotlight uniquely human capabilities that enable us to respond to new situations, creatively problem-solve, collaborate effectively, and leverage technologies thoughtfully.

While automation and AI continue advancing rapidly, human ingenuity, empathy, ethics and complex reasoning remain difficult to replicate. As machines take on more routine analytical and mechanical tasks, the need for these human strengths only increases.

Updating Technical Skills for the AI-Driven Future

However, the accelerated pace of AI progress suggests some nuancing of technical skills may be prudent. Rather than broad technology design and programming, more specialized skills in responsible AI development, machine learning operations, and human-AI interaction and collaboration are likely to be in even higher demand.

The ability to rapidly adapt and continually upskill while applying human judgment will only grow in importance as AI systems like large language models and robotics evolve.

The Verdict — WEF Skills Still Relevant But Require AI-Era Adaptability

In conclusion, while revolutionary generative AI capabilities are transforming the workplace, the core human skills the WEF identified remain highly relevant, if not more so. To complement emerging technologies, continual upskilling in creative problem-solving, critical thinking, empathy and ethics is essential.

However, keeping technical skills fresh in areas like responsible AI and ML, human-AI collaboration and resilient adaptability is crucial as well. By focusing on our unique human strengths while rapidly adapting to partner with AI systems, we can thrive in the human-AI workforce of the future.

I’m curious to hear your perspectives on the key skills needed in the era of generative AI. How are you staying competitive in today’s workplace? Let’s keep the conversation going.

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Giuliano Liguori

Giuliano Liguori is a technologist, an influencer in the digital transformation and artificial intelligence space.