How to become a professional Futurist? – The Foresight Competency Model Part 2

Future Competencies expanded

In the first part, I introduced what skills you need to develop enhanced foresight abilities. Now? Are we finished?

No, of course not. There are many more things relevant to delve into the future and the study of the latter. There is no such thing as the futurologist in the future studies. As in, other professions there exist many specialisations of futurists as well. The enhancement of the Foresight Competency Model focusses on the specialisations and about what you need in general to participate as pro.

Not only do you need to look ahead, but also you need to come up with quite a pack of competencies, but look for yourselves.

Foresight Competency Model

Foresight Competency Model
Foresight Competency Model by Association of Professional Futurists

To become a futurist, you need to be able to analyse the world around you and make predictions, sure. In addition, you need to be excellent in the field of occupation; you should know your traits. As well, you maybe are required to know the sector in which you want to be active. Whatever these are, on top of that academic experience, personal fit and be able to work on non-standard tasks at all are requirements to participate.

Do you meet all the requirements? Great, you can start today!

Be reassured, even if you do not checked and aced at every point, like in the next video, you do not need to be a rocket scientist to join thoughts about your future and become a futurist.

Like always, learn a lot, study hard and never give up.

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Bishop, Peter & Hines, Andy (2012). „Teaching about the future.“ New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0230363496

Hines, Andy & Peter Bishop. (2015). „Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for strategic foresight.“ Hinesight, 2nd edition. ISBN 978-0996773409

Fowles, Jib (1978). Handbook of futures research. Westport, CT: Greenwood. ISBN 0837198852

Markley, Oliver (1983). Preparing for the professional futures field: Observations from the UHCLC futures program. Futures, 15(1), 47-64.

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