NTI "Autonet" published a list of the professions of the future and a matrix of competencies

22 december 2018
22 december 2018
Systems thinking and responsibility are the main specialists’ skills that will be in demand in Russia after 2020. This is evidenced by data from a study conducted by the analysts of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) “Autonet”. At the same time, professionals of the future should manage to think on their feet and to analyse large amounts of information, to focus on the result in any situation and be capable of self-organization regardless of location. In addition, highly qualified specialists must be ready to change activity and, therefore, to have an advantage of being multidisciplinary and able to substitute for specialists of another field in a critical situation.

Analysts of the NTI «Autonet» working group conducted a survey among 500 Autonet market experts and ranked the most sought-after skills among professionals involved in transportation and logistics services, development of intelligent urban mobility and other promising areas of the digital economy after 2020.

Rating of the most sought-after skills of future specialists:

1. Systems thinking and ability to solve complex tasks (80%)
2. Responsibility (76%)
3. Learning and ability to catch on quickly (72%)
4. Focus on results (72%)
5. Self-organisation (63%)

Among other important competences of the “future professionals” were named: transdisciplinarity, emotional intelligence and communicative competence (including mental empathy), customer focus and coordination skills.

Meanwhile, the NTI “Autonet” press service noted the special importance of social skills among technological specialists.

“It is impossible to invent products and services necessary for modern society without understanding the needs and feelings of people for whom and around whom the “future” is being created. It is impossible to invent automated vehicles without thinking of the citizens’ safety”, is noticed in the NTI “Autonet”. “Moreover, work at large enterprises in order to develop previously unused technological solutions will be directly related to the interaction of a huge number of employees from a wide variety of cultural and national diasporas including foreign specialists. That is why future professionals have to possess social intelligence and therefore to be tolerant and capable to take into account cultural differences”.

Nevertheless, according to the interviewed experts, one of the key skills of the future will be the ability to summarise data in real time, which is especially useful for specialists working with IT.

As far as the university preparation of the “professions of the future” is concerned, the experts noted that every year the need for specialists who have studied mechatronics and robotics is constantly growing.