Skills for the future
The ‘Future Skills 2020’ report, which analyses the key aspects that will reshape the landscape of work in the coming decade, has just been released. We have made a note of the skills that graduates are most likely to need in the future;
Social intelligence: the ability to assess the emotions of those around you and adapt your words, tone and gestures accordingly in the workplace.
Novel & adaptive thinking: the ability to think and come up with solutions and responses beyond that which is based around the obvious.
Cross -cultural competency: In a globally connected world, a graduate’s skill set could see them posted in any number of locations; therefore they need the ability to operate in different cultural environments.
Be computer savvy: as the amount of data that we have at our disposal increases exponentially, many more roles will require you to have high quality computer skills in order to make sense of this information.
New-media literacy: the current explosion in user-generated media will fill most workplaces in the next decade. Because of this, the ability to develop content using these media will be an advantage.
Transdisciplinarity: today’s multifaceted problems need transdisciplinary solutions and people with the ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines.
Design mindset: in the future, we will be able to plan our environments so that they are conducive to the outcomes that we are most interested in. The ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes will be therefore required.
Cognitive load management: this is the ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximise cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques.
Virtual collaboration: connective technologies make it easier than ever to work, share ideas and be productive despite physical separation. Virtual collaboration is the ability to work productively as a member of a virtual team.
Which one of these skills do you think you need to develop the most? Do you think you will need all these in the future to find a graduate job?