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The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020

A recent research of the Top 10 Online Colleges website connect the “drivers of chance” with future work skills.

The 6 Drivers of Change
■ Extreme Longevity: People are living longer. By 2025 the number of Americans over 60 will increase by 70%.
■ The rise of smart machines and systems: Tech can augment and extend our own capabilities. Workplace automation is killing repetitive jobs.
■ Computational world: Increases in sensors and processing makes the world a programmable system.Data will give us the ability to see things on a scale that has never been possible.
■ New media ecology: New communication tools require media literacy beyond text. Visual communication media is becoming a new vernacular.
■ Superstructed organizations: Social technologies drive new forms of production and value creation.Social tools are allowing organizations to work at extreme scales.
■ Globally connected world: Diversity and adaptability is at the center of operations. The United States and Europe no longer hold a monopoly on job creation, innovation, and political power.


Future Work Skills of 2020:

■ Sense making: Ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed
■ Social intelligence: 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: Ability to operate in different cultural settings
■ Computational thinking: Ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data based reasoning
■ New Media Literacy: Ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
■ Transdisciplinary: Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
■ Design Mindset: Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
■ Cognitive load management: Ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functions
■ Virtual collaboration: Ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team