Continuous learning or lifelong learning is the best way to acquire or improve your skills before turning 40.
Career Paths, Careers advice

What are the professional skills we should all master by the age of 40?

One of the most difficult skills to master well before turning 40 is to delegate properly when you can.

Your professional life, just like your personal one, is characterized by important transitions that should be managed wisely in terms of skills and new things to learn. These moments should be enriching and full of proactivity.

If you are turning 40 this year, you should thoroughly master a range of professional skills:

  • Learn to delegate when you can
  • Learn to mediate wisely
  • Accept constructive criticism
  • Take a public speaking course
  • Learn to be more diplomatic and understanding towards your boss and co-workers
  • Be aware of your strengths
  • Know your biggest weaknesses
  • Learn to say ‘No’
  • Learn how to manage stressful situations
  • Improve your digital capabilities
  • Improve your time management
  • Learn how to balance your private life and career

The above elements are simply the sum of all your past working experiences  and related reflections on how to improve your best assets, in order to figure out where you can truly evolve.

It all comes down to continuous learning or lifelong learning that will help you to develop your skills and always be competitive on the job market.

The presence of a technological working environment has surely accelerated the pace of this approach: Learning and Development (L&D). “Imagine a future where educational institutions, employers and individuals work together in an entirely new way. They collaborate fully to provide the foundation for perpetual learning so that everyone can participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. […] The concept of skilling, reskilling and lifelong learning is not new. What is new is that the pace of disruption is faster than ever; educational and career pathways are less defined; and the need for perpetual learning is the new normal. In this model, universities play the role of orchestrators in the talent ecosystem – which includes community colleges, vocational institutions, online course providers, boot camps, project-based work and entrepreneurial challenges. Together, they create new relationships with employers and industry in their local areas to provide relevant skilled talent for everything from one project, to short-term or long-term employment.” (Tae Yoo)

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