By: Lauren Perrodin

From business intelligence tech to communicating effectively, there are hard and soft skills you need to remain competitive in 2023. Deloitte's Global Human Capital Trends Report noted that 72% of executives prefer candidates and employees who can pivot, learn new skills, and adapt to changes to navigate any future disruptions.

What You’ll Want to Learn for the New Year

A 2022 Forbes article notes that the skills you need moving into 2023 continue to be digital literacy, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and leadership skills. The skills gap experienced in 2022 left a lot of employers searching for highly adaptable workers to fill in the deficiencies in the workplace. Let’s dive into how to be the best person for any job you may come across and how to fill that skills gap.

Digital Literacy

Whether you are looking for a job in IT, education, or business, it’s vital that you have some digital literacy skills tucked in your back pocket. If not to use these skills every day, digital literacy is an indispensable skill that can be used in and out of the workforce. It allows you to communicate, collaborate and create with people through different virtual environments.

Understanding the basics of coding and data structures will help you become more digitally literate and can teach you how to navigate technical projects in an organization. We have a 24-week Coding Bootcamp to help you build skills in these areas. Through this bootcamp, you’ll learn the ins and outs of becoming a Web Developer - develop critical thinking skills and become proficient in digital literacy.

Critical Thinking

Having the ability to analyze issues not as they appear, but based on evidence can give you a huge leg up in career advancement.

Taking a Project Management course can give you better insight into how to see the big picture and solve problems on a practical level. The world of business involves putting out little and big fires every day either within your company or on the client side.

Emotional Intelligence

While the world is becoming more digitized, the need to humanize is growing more important as well. Enter: emotional intelligence skills.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) means you can effectively regulate your emotions and handle interpersonal relationships with empathy. This can come in handy when working with or managing a team of people. EI can help you improve human interactions and can lead to more effective communication.

In high-pressure situations, you could use EI to help express a concern or complaint without anger or being condescending. Someone with sharp EI skills can hold their cool while under pressure, and communicate effectively to get the job done. One way to express emotional intelligence, according to Inc, is by responding to a situation rather than reacting or approaching an issue with a more positive disposition.

Leadership Skills

Even if you don’t think you have the skills you need to take on a leadership role, you can still become the leader you’ve always wanted to be!

Taking specialized courses can accelerate gaining your leadership skills and help get you closer to the next opportunity or the next promotion, even sooner. Managing teams, learning how to increase diversity, the digital economy, and developing fluid organizational structures, are all prime leadership skills that any employer would relish. Our Professional Certificates in Business Management and Project Management Fundamentals have courses that can set you on the right track toward your goals.