3 top keys to future job success: Skills. Skills. Skills.

skills skills skillsIt’s time for candidates to up-skill, according to a report on ‘The Future of Work', published earlier this month by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

The report built a picture of the workplace in 2030, and has many interesting insights for employees.

2030’s not that far away, and the changes are already beginning to happen. So here are a few key take-outs for candidates to cope with the recruitment marketplace of the future:

  • Work will become less tied to the office and more network oriented, project based and increasingly technology-intensive. If you have a fixed mind-set regarding the nature of work, pretty soon you’ll need to acknowledge alternative approaches, and begin to adapt to them.
  • The division between low and high-skill jobs is set to get wider. You’ll need to take greater personal responsibility for gaining new skills, updating them, and keeping in touch with market developments for your job sector. This is partly because employers’ budgets will be increasingly squeezed, and also because they will employ fewer permanent employers (instead, they’ll tend towards hiring in specific skills for specific projects as and when they’re needed).
  • Try to take advantage of new and different approaches to learning, eg self-directed, bite-sized learning, peer-to-peer learning and technology enabled training opportunities.
  • If you’re fortunate enough to get a permanent role, try to negotiate skills training and development as part of the contract.
  • Be willing to jump across specialist knowledge boundaries as technologies and disciplines converge. It will be important to develop a blend of technical training and ‘softer’, collaborative skills. Key skills and attributes that will be at a premium in future include: resilience, adaptability, resourcefulness, enterprise, cognitive skills (such as problem solving), and the core business skills for project based employment.

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