The top work skills you need in the 21st century

Merlin Rebrović

UX Design at Google


  • 10:15 - 11:00


  • Developers, Designers, Owners and Founders

Technical Depth

  • Low to Medium


Learn foundational work skills that cross industries and can last for decades “Here it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that.” ~ Red Queen, Alice in Wonderland.

The tech industry is evolving at breakneck speed. We are supposed to keep up to date with new tools and methods to do our jobs, but the mountain of knowledge seems insurmountable. The ungrateful situation contributes to the lack of time, burnout, and anxiety.

Instead of chasing trends and fads, wouldn’t it be better to focus on knowledge and skills that last for decades or even a lifetime? In this talk, I will introduce foundational work skills that cross industries, and also ways to identify and quickly learn core skills within an industry. This knowledge will make you more confident and focused in everything you do.


I’ve always been curious about how people interact with digital technology. I tinkered with gadgets as a kid and ended up studying computer science. After working as a software developer, my love for psychology had pushed me towards design where I’ve spent my last 10+ years. Currently, I’m working as a UX design lead and manager at Google and YouTube.

I love to learn so you’ll find me always reading a book, taking a course, or making something. I also enjoy teaching, mentoring, and seeing people around me grow, which has helped me build and foster successful teams over the years.