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Why Problem-Solving Skills Are Crucial For Professionals

Authored by Vikas Gupta, MD, Wiley India

The human race is no stranger to problem-solving. We have been doing it ever since the birth of our species to comprehend our surroundings, devise methods to tackle anomalies and move forward. Vikas Gupta, MD, Wiley, identifies this very skill as forming the bedrock of our fight against automation in the near future.

The Automation Crisis
As we spearhead new innovations and technology to make life simpler and more comfortable, we are also unleashing a Frankenstein’s monster that might make the presence of humans redundant to industries. Automation and AI have already pervaded many levels of the workforce and will continue to grow and develop at an alarming rate.

The key tool in the human’s arsenal to prevent this onslaught is the distinct skill of critical thinking & problem-solving.

The Skills of the Future
The ability to think critically in order to tackle problems is a distinct human skill that will probably take machines eons to master effectively. We need to harp on this skill and sharpen it in order to survive and thrive the blitz of automation.

Problem solving is the simple talent every human is equipped with to various degrees. We solve problems on a daily basis, whether in school, college or at work. Organizations seek individuals who are adept at solving business problems in a quick manner. This new-found emphasis makes problem-solving one of the hottest skills of 2019.

Qualities That Make You a Good Problem-Solver
Creativity: This refers to your inherent ability to think out-of-the-box and handle things in an innovative, cost-effective and more efficient manner. It is a skill which does not pertain to one particular industry but finds applicability across the spectrum.

Vikas Gupta
Vikas Gupta, MD, Wiley India

Research or Learnability: The continually evolving and fast pace of technology requires us to keep abreast with the changing trends. Falling behind is not an option if you want to remain relevant. To solve new age problems, you need to be aware of and comfortable with new age techniques. Therefore, the ability to re-skill ourselves every few years in an important factor.

If you are able to acquire these skills and apply them in the professional scenario, your talents will always be in demand, no matter the time or age. So, emphasize on skilling and re-skilling and honing your inherent talent of solving problems in an expedient and efficient manner.

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