A team of researchers released a very well-conceived study about what transferable skills will be in high demand in the near future; the study is called Future Work Skills 2020 and was published by Institute for the Future. To identify the skills, they derived six drivers of change (in their words): extreme longevity; rise of smart machines and systems; computational world; new media ecology; super structured organizations; and globally connected world. I am not going to discuss these drivers, but they provide a detailed discussion about them in their study.
I decided to label the skills in their study, “Emerging Transferable Skills”; the skills and their definitions are in the table below (in their words only).
Emerging Soft Skills
|Sense-Making||ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed|
|Social Intelligence||ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions|
|Novel & Adaptive Thinking||proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based|
|Cross-Cultural Competency||ability to operate in different cultural settings|
|Computational Thinking||ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning|
|New-Media Literacy||ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication|
|Transdisciplinarity||literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines|
|Design Mindset||ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes|
|Cognitive Load Management||ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques|
|Virtual Collaboration||ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team|
This team of researchers used a compelling way to develop their forecast, so I suggest reading their study if you want to learn more. In summation, I might add that we are starting to experience some of the driving forces mentioned in the study, including: movement to cloud computing; shift to mobile devices; social media; and big data. They suggest these skills will be in high demand by 2020, so we should begin tooling our workforce with skills they will need for this upcoming demand; our educational institutions should prepare their curriculum to teach these “emerging transferable skills” (and this is discussed in the study under implications).
In my next blog, I will discuss why we should consider “traditional” and “emerging” transferable skills as we apply a skills based approach. The discussion will be centered on properly identifying and assigning skills, so they can be effectively used in planning, building, and presenting your skill set.