How To Remain Relevant in the 21st Century Job Market

With constant societal changes, the professional world continues to adapt to keep up. With improvements in technology, the world of remote work increasing, and a growing number of organizations looking for international experience, there are still four essential skills that remain relevant even in this everchanging market. 

Critical Thinking

Regardless of the path or profession, you choose a skill like critical thinking is universal and will always be relevant and beneficial to your success. According to the World Economic Forum, critical thinking is one of the most desirable skills in the workforce. It helps analyze information, think outside the box, solve problems with innovative solutions, and plan systematically. Critical thinking is perhaps the most significant competency a 21st-century employee can possess. 

Creativity and Originality

If you came up with an idea that transforms into a pathbreaking disruption in the real world, you could bet you're permeating with creativity. Simply put: there is no creativity without original thinking and idea-generating. With start-ups and established brands looking to become "disrupters," employees who can churn out fresh ideas and creatively resolve complex problems will be valued members of an organization. 


When you're able to bounce back despite facing several challenges, you have a resilient personality. If you can handle stress effectively, work within set deadlines, and adapt to the ever-evolving workspace, you can bet you're resilient! This is a skill all high-performing employees possess and is critical in your professional life and personal life. If you lack resilience, you might get easily overwhelmed, which will be detrimental to your growth.

Emotional Intelligence

When you have emotional intelligence, you can manage your feelings to express them appropriately and effectively. This skill is imperative in a global workforce because it allows you to empathize with people and effectively handle different personality types, which you'll encounter a lot as you venture into the working world. A high EQ helps you build relationships, reduce team stress, defuse conflict and improve job satisfaction. Although emotional intelligence seems to come naturally to some, our brain's plasticity means we can increase our emotional intelligence if we're willing to put in the work. - Why emotional intelligence makes you more successful - Nest.

Job opportunities are abundant, and with technological advances and workforce demographics shifts, many more will be created in the coming years. Now is the time to master these skills because each opportunity will require its own specific training and education, but all will need the four abilities listed above. 

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