Skills for the Future

Skills to pay the bills

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A blog entry by Jessica Stillman tells about a report titled “Future Work Skills 2020″ (available for free download here) that “analyzes some of the key drivers reshaping work” including connectivity and the new media. The report enumerates the skills that students will need to compete in the new work place:

  • Social intelligence. The ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions.
  • Novel and adaptive thinking. Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.
  • Cross-cultural competency. The ability to operate in different cultural settings.
  • Computational thinking. The ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning.
  • New-media literacy. The ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms and to leverage these media for persuasive communication.
  • Transdisciplinarity. Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines.
  • Design mind-set. Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes.
  • Cognitive load management. The ability to discriminate and filter information for importance and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques.
  • Virtual collaboration. The ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team.

Schools will need to adapt curriculum to the changing needs of students. Check out the complete report for a detailed description of each of these skills.


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