Future Work Skills by 2020

An article the author had posted more than a year ago, and re-post it now here.

In this knowledge revolution age we are facing, there are many many challenges ahead of us.  Jobs in the pasts start to disappear, and there are more new jobs under demands which require new skills.  What kind of skills that we need to acquire, as knowledge workers, to face the challenge of the future?  There is a report by Apollo Research Institute about this, and here is 

The 6 Siesmic changes that is affecting our environment and society

  1. Extreme Longevity - increasing global lifespans change the nature of careers and learning
  2. Rise of Smart Machines & Systems - workplace automation nudges human workers out of rote, repetitive tasks
  3. Computational World - massive increases in sensors and processing power make the world a programmable system
  4. New Media Ecology - new communication tools require new media literacies beyond text
  5. Superstructed Organizations - social technologies drive new forms of production and value creation
  6. Globally Connected World - increased global interconnectivity puts diversity and adaptability at the center of organizational operations

The 10 key core competences that knowledge workers will need by 2020

  1. Sensemaking - ability to determine the deeper meaning of significance of what is being expressed
  2. Social Intelligence - ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
  3. Novel and Adaptive Thinking - proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
  4. Cross Cultural Competency - ability to operate in different cultural settings
  5. Computational Skills - ability to translate vast amount of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
  6. New-media Literacy - ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
  7. Trans-disciplinarity - literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
  8. Design Mindset - ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
  9. 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
  10. Virtual Collaboration - ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

Now it is important for us either for the organizations, or also as individuals, to develop the right mindsets to appreciate all these, the systems and tools that make all these to happen whether we like it or not.  The Apollo Research Institute report can be found at http://www.iftf.org/uploads/media/SR-1382A_UPRI_future_work_skills_sm.pdf

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