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Future Work Skills 2020

Report that describes key drivers that will reshape the landscape of work and identifies key work skills needed in the next 10 years. Focus is on proficiencies and abilities required across different jobs and work settings.

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Based on 6 global drivers of change:
1. Extreme longevity; Increasing global lifespans change the nature of careers and learning
2. Rise of smart machines and systems; Workplace automation nudges human
workers out of rote, repetitive tasks
3. Computuational 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

These 6 drivers are translated into 10 skills for the future
A. Sense -Making; ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
B. Social intelligence: ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
C. Novel and adaptive thinking; proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based
D. Cross cultural competency; ability to operate in different cultural settings
E. Computational thinking; ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
F. New media literacy; ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
G. Transdisciplinarity; literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
H. Design mindset; ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
I. 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
J. Virtual collaborations; ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team.


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This is really interesting and something I hadn't come across before, but I wonder how much this is pitched at the graduates job market—and the high end side of that too? I think there are ways of teasing this thesis out so that its relevance is made clear across the spectrum of job opportunities and job applicants, rather than just at those who might be pursuing leadership positions in the future.

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