Marcia Conner

Ten Skills for the Future Workforce

Ten Skills for the Future Workforce

Ten Skills for the Future Workforce

 

Sense-making, social intelligence, novel & adaptive thinking, cross-cultural competency, computational thinking, new-media literacy, transdisciplarity, design mindset, cognitive load management, virtual collaboration.

These are the 10 skills needed for the future workforce. For a full report, see the work done by the Institute for the Future with Apollo Group looking at the Skills Needed by 2020 (also available on the IFTF website). A summary map is also available.

The related, Shape of Jobs to Come: Possible New Careers Emerging from Advances in Science and Technology (2010 – 2030) full study from FastFuture is also very insightful (summary of study). I wonder, though, how long it will be until we no longer see the first new shape, “Body Parts Maker,” as a bit funny and out of this world.

Note: last time I checked, the FastFuture website had exceeded its bandwidth limit. I was able to find the Shape of Jobs to Come research on another site.

Thanks to Josep Comas for pointing me to these resources.

[Last updated November 6, 2013.]

46 Comments

  1. ara ohanian

    Hi Marcia, great Ten Skills list – it ticks all
    the boxes. I’d probably add one more skill: business mindset.

    2 years ago
  2. Thieme Hennis

    A EU list of lifelong learning competences can be found here;

    2 years ago
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  4. Richard Bellaver

    Good list Tony. I will pass to CICS students.
    RFB

    2 years ago
  5. Hiroko Kanoh

    Ten

    2 years ago
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  22. Alexandre CrossKnowledge

    Thnaks for this summary. Waybe we can add languages skills, ability to learn new skills and capacity to coonfess errors and to change of mind.

    2 years ago
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  33. Heidi Anttila

    Hi Marcia! Thanks for summarizing! With these skills the future workforce are surely ready to work in unbossed organisations!
    http://www.unboss.com

    2 years ago
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  39. Nitpicker

    OK, great list. But how to acquire such skills? I presume it takes actual practice and not book or lecture learning to get good at these things.

    Is there any known way to evaluate one’s achievement of such skills? I presume (I do that a lot) that most ways to evaluate one’s own competence at them don’t work reliably. And I doubt that anyone has managed any written test that works.

    1 year ago
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