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

Future Competencies expanded

In the first part, I explained what skills you need to develop to get advanced predictive capabilities. And now? Are we done?

No, of course not yet. Far more things are needed to dive into the future and its study. There is not exactly the futurologist in exactly the future studies. As in every profession (or better vocation) there are many specializations in the Futurologists. The extension of the Foresight Competency Model focuses on these specializations and on what you need in general to start as a professional.

You don't just have to be forward-thinking, you can come up with a pretty big package of skills, but look at it yourself.

Foresight Competency Model

Foresight Competency Model
Foresight Competency Model by Association of Professional Futurists

To become a futurist, you need to be able to analyze the world around you and make predictions, logically. In addition, you need to be excellent in your current profession and be able to show what you can do. You are also expected to know your way around the sector in which you want to work. Whatever this may be, you will also be required to have academic experience, to fit in personally and be able to work on non-standard tasks in order to participate.

You got everything you need? Great, then you can start today!

Rest assured that even if you can't chop off every point and are top in everything mentioned, as the next video also says, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to get into the mind games about your future and become a futurologist.

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

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