On a daily basis we keep hearing that the world of work is changing. This is something everyone agrees with, however how to best prepare for the fast changing world of work raises a diverse range of views! The problem is that even as I write this, a new job is created. How do you prepare for jobs which haven’t been created yet? How will you know what skills will be required in 2025?
There is no easy answer. Despite what the government says about STEM subjects, for example, there are still people out there having graduated with STEM subjects who are still looking for work. One thing is for certain – in order to keep up with this fast changing world you will need to be constantly learning, constantly developing your skills base. There are many ways to access courses to keep you ahead of the game; you can find them at universities, polytechnics, industry training organisations and in an ever increasing range of online courses which you can complete in your own time and at your own pace.
An article by Randall S Hansen lists 6 groups of job skills that he feels are key to the future:
Technology: you can’t escape the importance of technology – in communication platforms, space explorations, robotics, healthcare, etc.
Languages: In a global world language skills are becoming increasingly more important – it will no longer be sufficient to speak only one language.
Healthcare: An aging populating will require an innovative and responsive healthcare infrastructure and employment in this industry will continue to grow.
Economics: A global economy and boundless interconnectivity will create challenges that we can’t foresee – there will always be a need for economists and financial forecasters who can help make some sense of it all.
Educators: the need for lifelong learning means that good educators are critical at all levels of study and in a wide range of areas.
The Basics: some skills never go out of style and the world will continue to need critical thinkers, team-builders, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, scientists, artists, writers, engineers, athletes etc. It’s just that the way we do things will continue to change and we need to adapt to an increasingly complex world. Our 2015 Employability Skills Survey Report demonstrates how the key skills employers look for today are not much different from those required 20 years ago – it is the level of complexity surrounding these skills that has changed.
Read Hansen’s full article on What Skills Will You Need for a Job in 2025 here.