How to future- proof your career By Katharine Boshkoff, Global Vice President, Career Advancement and Alumni Relations About Katharine A former strategy consultant and professor, Katharine has coached thousands of students to find career success in global markets. After many years coaching executives and students, I’ve learned that it is not just the ability to get a job after graduation that counts—it is the capability to adapt, to be resilient, and to thrive in an environment of constant change. Research tells us that careers of the future will span more than 20 jobs and four or more career pivots. With the availability of new technology innovations—the internet of things, artificial intelligence, and the proliferation of big data—the world of work is changing faster than ever before. And with this revolution, new jobs are emerging, existing jobs are changing, and talent is challenged to continually stretch to learn new skills and capabilities. Successful job seekers are always working to develop themselves. I have identified for you here the three major ways in which you can set yourself apart. 1. Keep your mindset open To keep yourself valuable in today’s dynamic workplace, you must be a master of acquiring new skills. Adopt a mindset of continuous learning to keep yourself relevant—formal learning neither starts nor stops in the classroom. 2. Remember the soft skills Empathy, influence, authenticity, collaboration, decision making, and creativity—never have these skills been more important than in today’s increasingly automated workplace. In order to bring value to a technology-driven business landscape, an appreciation for your strengths and development areas is more crucial than ever. 3. Keep up with technology A basic understanding of what new technologies such as AI can do, and how it fits into your strategy, will be critical to your success in future-proofing your career. You can add further value by helping team members to develop skills for working productively alongside human or technological colleagues. Unless otherwise noted, all data is based on The Economist Executive MBA ranking 2018, who conducted a comprehensive survey among the three most recent cohorts of Hult EMBA graduates (Classes of 2016, 2017, 2018). For the full methodology, visit economist.com.