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CPR Level Up Series: Power Skills vs AI or Technical Skills for 2024

Updated: Jan 30

Last, CPR's online radio program Jumpstart with CPR offered some business trends for 2024 that included AI and the displacement of humans by AI in more automated positions. While AI has a place in the global future, we should never surrender our innate skill sets. Today's post considers the differences between power or human or soft skills vs AI or technical skill sets. In the Nov 2023 article, Coursera staff offered some significant differences for your consideration.

Power or Human skills vs. Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Technical skills

Technical skills are the skills you can learn through training and education that apply directly to your job. Human skills have more to do with how you interact with your environment and the people in it, and they typically apply to almost any job. These human skills can take more time and practice than technical skills. While you can take a course and learn how to use a particular type of software, you likely need some real-world experience to learn how to solve problems or make good decisions. These are skills you develop over time through various experiences.

Examples of human (power) skills include:

  • Creativity

  • Critical thinking

  • Teamwork

  • Empathy

  • Time management

  • Communication

  • Decision-making

  • Leadership

Examples of technical skills include:

  • Video production

  • Copywriting 

  • Project management 

  • Foreign languages 

  • Graphic design

  • Data entry 

  • Search engine optimization (SEO)

  • Carpentry

According to Springboard 2023 article, "In the next decade, the demand for artificial intelligence specialists is estimated to grow by 36%." So, if hard skills are your preference, then by all means, you may need to shift your focus to in-demand skills and upskill to level up. Otherwise, the power of soft skills is also in high demand and will not be replaced by AI in the foreseeable future.

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