The top skill new workers need in an AI world, according to this MIT professor

MIT Professor Sinan Aral lends his advice on an essential skill new workers can cultivate to thrive in an AI world

Generative AI is already disrupting how jobs get done, and young workers, in particular, describe feeling a mix of uncertainty, excitement, and fascination about how this technology could affect their careers. In Deloitte’s 2024 Gen Z and Millennial Survey, which included 22,800 respondents in 44 countries, 57% of Gen Z respondents said they think younger generations will find it harder to enter the workforce because of generative AI, and 59% said the prevalence of gen AI will lead them to look for job opportunities that are less vulnerable to automation. (In the survey, Gen Z was defined as those born between January 1995 and December 2005.)

Deloitte Insights spoke with several leading management scholars at the Thinkers50 gala in London, an organization and event celebrating achievements in business and leadership research, and we asked them: What’s the top skill new workers should cultivate to thrive in an AI world?

Sinan Aral, a professor of management, IT, marketing, and data science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offered his advice. Watch the video to learn more. 

More about our spotlighted speaker

Sinan Aral is a two-time honoree on the Thinkers50 list of leading business thinkers and a recipient of the organization’s 2021 Digital Thinking Award. In collaboration with Deloitte US, Thinkers50 also publishes the Radar Class, a list spotlighting new talent and ideas that are likely to shape the future of business and management. For more information, visit

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