The skills students will need to get jobs in 2020

The digitization of manufacturing and the invention of the World Wide Web is the hallmark of the Digital Age, also known as the Third Industrial Revolution. Thanks to fast-paced technological developments, however, it looks like we are once again on the verge of the next revolution.

On average, by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of
skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today according to our respondents. To prepare students for the 2020 job market, teach them to be digital storytellers. The first study, from the World Economic Forum (WEF), surveyed senior talent and strategy officers from 371 companies across nine industry sectors and 15 developed and emerging economies. The world of work is evolving every day, every hour. New technology has allowed us excel at a rate that we once thought was impossible. The change in our everyday working lives is becoming more apparent. Technological advancements make way for an exciting future. However, with this change means that there will be a greater need  for today’s workforce to learn new skills. You see, the skills that we use today, may not be the skills we need in the future. Therefore, keeping up-to-date with industry news and trends could be the key to your success for the future. It’s time to start planning!

WEF predicts that about a third of the top 10 skills identified in 2015 will have changed by 2020. The top three skills requested will be complex problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity, reports the study.

Overall, social skills— such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others—will be in higher demand across industries than
narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control. In essence, technical skills will need to be supplemented with strong social and collaboration skills