10 Skills for the Future Workforce

This is my day for The Atlantic.  Another great article, the first three parts of a 5 part series on the future workforce & the skills necessary:

1. Sense Making: The ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed (also known as critical thinking about which Rebecca and I were talking in our SLA workshopThinking Strategically & Critically; Seeing Possibilities)

2. Social Intelligence: The ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions (what Rebecca & I and our friend Stephen Abram discussed at the SLA Marketing Section breakfast last week — building relationships, aligning with customers & senior managers — hope someone took notes!)

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: The ability to operate in different cultural settings

5. Computational Thinking: The ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

6. New-Media Literacy: The ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication.

Oh no, we have to wait for the last four skills!  But aren’t they articulate and right on?  Read the full articles for more.

Update:  Well thanks to Steve Barth for flushing out the U of Pheonix Research Institute Study,  Future Work Skills 2020 where you can download the PDF of the full study!  And here are the last four skills:

7. Transdisciplinarity: 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





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