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Future trends job seekers need to be familiar with

According to we.forum.org, a combination of widespread ageing, falling fertility, and urbanization will lead to a dramatically different world in 2030 and The World Economic Forum bemoans the erosion of social responsibility from governments around the world.

It lists income inequality and political unrest as major social crises. Some of the solutions they suggest include an acceleration of public-private collaboration toward more inclusive world economies; adoption of corporate social innovation practices; raising awareness of how people are affected by challenges pertaining to economic growth and social inclusion; and invoking stakeholder participation.

What do these trends mean for people entering the work force? How should people prepare themselves to find meaningful work in a world impacted by these serious challenges? The University of Phoenix Research Institute, in their publication titled Future Work Skills 2020 writes, “Global connectivity, smart machines, and new media are just some of the drivers reshaping how we think about work, what constitutes work, and the skills we will need to be productive contributors in the future.” They look specifically at work skills rather than specific job categories that will reshape the landscape of work and how work will be performed. These are some of the key skills they list as imperative for future professional success:

1. Sense making – critical thinking, insight and analysis capabilities – higher level thinking skills that machines are not good at.

2. Social intelligence – socially intelligent employees are able to quickly assess the emotions of those around them and adapt their words, tone and gestures accordingly.

3. Novel and adaptive thinking – coming up with solutions and responses beyond rote learning.

4. Cross-cultural competency – the ability to operate seamlessly in different cultural settings as diversity becomes the driver of innovation.

5. Computational thinking – the ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning.

6. New media literacy – the ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication.

7. Transdisciplinarity – literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple professional career disciplines to solve large global problems that cannot be tackled by singular thinking.

8. Design mindset – the ability to change the environment and change behaviour to arrive at more open and creative solutions.

9. Cognitive load management – the ability to discriminate and filter information for importance in a sea of information overload without being overwhelmed.

10. Virtual collaboration – more and more, industry is using global teams that connect virtually, so professionals need the skills to engage and motivate widely dispersed groups of diverse people.

Highly educated people today are employed in precarious part-time jobs with no benefits, no future and no hope. This is due to corporate greed both in the public and private sectors. But over-paid executives may not survive the trends predicted above since without the required skills they will be overtaken by quick thinking entrepreneurs. And that should be the goal of bright, intelligent, inclusive, innovative and socially responsible professionals today.

– Dr Vicki Bismilla

 

Posted: Jul 3, 2018

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