Future Work Skills 2020 | Institute For The Future

At one point in time, it was expected that a person (usually a man), would get a job, and stay with this company, if not in this job, for the rest of his life. He would go to college (sometimes), develop a certain skill set, and use that for the rest of his life. For the first time, in the past decade, people are enjoying the ability to leave a perfectly good job simply because they don’t enjoy it. On top of this, people are also able to go back to school to redevelop their skill set. If someone gets into their field and 1, 5 or 30 years later they decide to pursue something completely different, they can and do.

But because of these changes, something new is looked for on resumes. This new thing is a variety of skills and even a variety of previous positions. This infographic is great for those who are beginning to think towards their careers and what they may need to do in order to prepare for their possible career. Some people know what they want to do from a single digit age. When most people are asked, they do not know. However, most do know what they enjoy doing. And this is how one would decide what to do.

This infographic shares the main skills that are predicted to be necessary in the workforce in 8 years and why they will be necessary. For instance, their is an increase in the use of smart technology replacing the need for human workforce, as well as an increase in globalization, in the ability and importance of communicating with those around the world. Because of this, one new skill is Social Intelligence. It is increasingly important to be aware of social norms around the world, and social skills. And not just how hard to shake ones hand or when to shake ones hand, but how to communicate without being able to shake anothers hand. It is important to always be aware of what is new and how to use it. Because tomorrow everyone may be using it.



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