The 8th session of BMI for this academic year was graced by Mr. Asif Mahbub Karim, Head of Research and Dean, Binary Graduate School – Malaysia. Mr. Asif addressed the topic, ‘Re-Strategizing Career Development and Communication Skills: Pandemic Era Perception’. In his speech, he cited findings from Mckinsey studies predicting that 14 percent of the global workforce would have to switch occupations or acquire new skills by 2030 due to automation and Artificial Intelligence. He remarked that the essence of career advancement is thinking without limitations and re-strategizing.
The new skills for the distance economy as termed by him would be to have, resilience and patience, continuous learning, empathy and respect, intrapreneurship, adaptability and flexibility and emotional intelligence. Among the other skills, he stressed the importance of being resilient and having intrapreneurship skills. He shared about future job opportunities such as, biofilm installer, earthquake forecaster, makeshift structure engineer, human-machine teaming manager, digital currency advisor, drone traffic optimizer, and trash engineer.
He emphasized that regardless of the role, the key skills that one should possess are creative talent and imaginative thinking to find solutions rather than focusing on problems. ‘Anything that is imaginable is doable, and anything that is doable is achievable,’ Mr. Asif concluded his address.