The skill sets your kids will need in the future

The World Economic Forum recently published an article about the change of skill sets for the workforce of tomorrow. While till today, cognitive skills have always been given a strong importance in job interviews and qualifications of employees, they argue that the labor market increasingly demands and rewards non-cognitive skills. While qualifications or specific industry experience becomes less important, skills like communication, curiosity and other social skills become key for the future workforce. The concept of the knowledge worker is outdated because the future requires learning workers.

Your new skill sets need Emotional Intelligence and Creativity

The 4th Industrial Revolution has started and is changing the way we work and the requirements the work force needs, massively. Already within the next 5 years, demand for a certain skill set will have changed tremendously. Creativity, for example, will be among the top 3 skills, workers will need in 2020. While robots and artificial intelligence may help us to get things done faster, they cannot (yet) be as creative as our human brain. Thus, companies will have to ask themselves, how to foster and support creativity among their workforce.

In 2015, the skill sets where looking at:

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Coordinating with others
  • People Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Negotiation
  • Quality Control
  • Service Orientation
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Active Listening
  • Creativity

For 2020, the future skill sets will need:

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • People Management
  • Coordination with others
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Service Orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive Flexibility

It is interesting to note the drop of negotiation skills and flexibility in the future skill sets. This is mainly due to the impact of big data analysis and artificial intelligence which will help intelligent systems to make decisions for us.

The skill sets of the future will require our kids to continuously re-assess what they have learned in the past. Only because society has been done one thing in a particular way for hundreds of years, it does not mean that this is the best way. Complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity combined will change how we work, educate and live together.

2018-02-17T09:01:41+00:00February 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

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