As the labour market changes with the times, and new job categories emerge, the skills that employers look for in graduates entering the job market are changing too. As automation takes over monotonous tasks, there is still a need for the skills that robots have not yet mastered. These are mainly soft skills and skills that require creativity. Employers will be looking for graduates with a mixed skill set that is adapted to the changing workplace.
Here are 4 of the skills employers will be looking for in future graduates:
1. Adaptive thinking
Adaptive thinking is a necessary skill for the future workforce. It can be described as a thinking behaviour that involves the ability to respond effectively when faced with unexpected situations or problems in rapidly changing environments. This kind of thinking requires an attitude of curiosity, collaboration, and continuous learning. This is a skill that is especially important for leadership positions, and it will become more valuable as new technology enters the workplace and alters how people work.
2. Computational thinking
The number of companies using big data keeps on growing as technology keeps on evolving, and as a result, the need for computational thinking as a skill is becoming greater. Computational thinking is a process that, among other things, makes it possible to handle large volumes of data, process it, and make sense of it so that action can be taken based on the effective evaluation of the data. While computational thinking is particularly important in roles such as software developer or computer systems analyst, it is a skill that can be of benefit in almost any line of work.
3. Social Intelligence and cross-cultural competency
As mentioned before, many monotonous tasks can be automated, but skills such as social intelligence and cross-cultural competency are still limited to humans. As the world becomes more connected, employees may find themselves having to work with people in various locations and from various backgrounds. This means they will need social intelligence and cross-cultural competency to deal with diverse environments, diverse groups of people, and changing circumstances. They will also need an understanding of the different practices in those environments.
4. New media literacy skills
Changes in technology have had a great impact on how we engage with information over the years. These changes have created the need for media literate people who have the ability to access, analyse, and evaluate new media and the information it provides. This includes the ability to use the different types of digital media channels and interactive social media platforms to conduct research, to produce content, and to communicate effectively in various contexts. New media literacy skills are particularly important for careers in marketing, entertainment, education, and journalism.
Developments in technology impact the job market by creating new industries and by creating demand for new types of skills. While many repetitive tasks will be automated in future, different sets of skills (that can only be performed by humans, for now) will be in demand – such as adaptive thinking and computational skills to support the technological advances. Other skills that will be in demand include social intelligence and cross-cultural competency and new media literacy skills.
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