Employers, employees and job seekers all want to know: “What are the important job skills for the future?” The problem is, no one knows!
The problem of forecasting jobs
Every few weeks, a business magazine, website, or popular press publication publishes an article forecasting the most in-demand jobs and careers over the course of the year, a few years, or even the next decade. The problem is that these forecasts are based on current data and trends and often rely on linear extrapolations of current employment data. Often, demographic and technological information is incorporated into the equation. Additional projections and analyzes can be performed, but neither of these techniques is particularly accurate in predicting future conditions. Indeed, the “explosion” of technology means that many jobs that don’t even exist today will represent major career opportunities in the future.
The employment and career situation
The US Department of Labor estimates that today’s graduates will have 10-14 jobs when they turn 38! In the current workforce, only 25% of employees have been in their current job for more than a year; while 50% went there less than 5!
The top 10 jobs “in demand” for 2010 did not even exist in 2004 “(statistics taken from” Did you know? “Video created by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod and Jeff Bronman, for Corinthian Colleges, Parthenon IV, 2009 Corinthian Colleges (which include Everest Universities, Colleges and Institutes as well as WyoTech) say they “prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist … using technologies that weren’t invented. “…” to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet. “CCi (Corinthian Colleges, Inc.) has many initiatives to address these challenges, including technology, curriculum, modes contact with students and the educational interface. Most importantly, recognition of the challenge, a willingness to change, an investment in classroom technology, and a “can do” attitude paves the way for the future.
This is not to say that other companies and educational institutions do not share this vision for the future, or a desire for change. But this is an example of a gradual and proactive approach.
How do we prepare?
It’s hard to prepare for a future when there is so much uncertainty and things are changing so quickly. What is needed is not just a “skill set”, but a “state of mind”. The technical skills you need to make a living in business, criminal justice, medicine or law are important, but given the pace of change, other abilities are at least of equal value.
You’ve probably guessed that one of the keys to success in the emerging environment is education. But education is not enough. You need to have an attitude of openness, flexibility and an eagerness to learn, as well as the willingness, even the desire, to embrace change. And your education must be enriched with learning technologies and approaches designed to engage the student and teach them to become a “lifelong learner”. It should include technical skills, information technology, interpersonal and communication skills. It must also integrate planning, critical thinking and analytical skills. It is a good basis for any career.
Source by Dr. Ben A. Carlsen