Upon completing her neuropsychology major, Katelijn Nijsmans went into education. Today she is running educational agency The Tipping Point together with her brother. ‘For the coming years we will be focusing on improving agility and resilience in employees.’
‘emotional skills leave their mark in the workplace.’
‘A third of the skills required in the workplace today, will be a thing of the past five years from now. Technology is gaining importance and employees will bear the consequences’, says Katelijn Nijsmans.
But that doesn’t make humans redundant, on the contrary. Data needs to be interpreted. The interpretation needs to be communicated clearly and conveyed by individuals who give it meaning. Artificial intelligence won’t be able to do that for a while to come. AI cannot replace jobs that require strong human character traits.
‘emerging problems are becoming more and more complex. The same goes for the teams that will be solving them.’
According to Katelijn Nijsmans social-emotional skills will become paramount in the workplace during the years to come. ‘Emerging problems are becoming more and more complex. The same goes for the teams that will be solving them.’ Consider Google, that is hiring psychologists to help programmers design fonts.’
Working in a world like that demands agility (the ability to learn continuously) and resilience (the ability to convert obstacles into solutions and opportunities). ‘Both with regards to individuals and businesses. ‘Careers will change paths more quickly.’
‘The challenge facing tomorrow’s trainers will be to coach employees in such a way that they can master new situations quickly and happily. ‘a career for life, where loyalty was paramount, is a thing of the past. If you want to remain relevant in the job market, you will need the resilience to keep learning continuously.’
‘a career where loyalty was paramount, is a thing of the past.’
As the skills change, the trainer is the first to adapt. ‘The way in which we provide training has already undergone a considerable evolution over the past ten years. Trainers used to be conveyors of content. Today they are learning enablers who put people in contact with the right network of experts through various channels.’
Progress in neuroscience is a goldmine for trainers. ‘Knowledge about the malleability of our brains - neuroplasticity - is vital. Consider how our brain gathers knowledge, draws relationships and translates theory to practice.’
‘Scientific insights help us lead people to a growth mindset. It allows them to handle change productively as well as increase their resilience.’