The world is changing. From smartphones to videogames
to gadgets and more, we're experiencing the evolution of the world at an
incredible pace. Every time a new product is released the demand changes too.
This same concept also applies to professional skills.
The skills we use now in the workplace are not necessarily the skills we’ll
need in the future. As life-long learning is becoming more and more important,
Oracle University supports our Partners in keeping up with change and staying
Luckily, a World Economic Forum report called „The
Future of Jobs“ predicts what the employment landscape will look like in 2020.
The data comes from talking to chief human resources and strategy officers from
leading global employers.
What causes the changes?
But before we dive into the skills everyone will need
by 2020, we first need to understand which factors are causing the change.
- Extreme longevity – people are living longer
- The rise of smart machines and systems – technology 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 literacies beyond text;
visual communication media is becoming a new vernacular
- Super-structured organizations – social technologies drive new forms of
production and value creation; social tools allow organizations to work at
- Globally connected world – diversity and adaptability is at the center of
operations; the USA and Europe no longer hold a monopoly on job creation,
innovation, and political power
Which skills will change the most?
These drivers of change will transform the way we live
and the way we work. Some jobs will disappear, while others will emerge and
will become common.
One thing is certain: the future workforce will need
to align its skill set to keep up with the change.
Source: Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum
Creativity will make the biggest jump in the top
skills ranking, becoming one of the top three skills employees will need. With
a high amount of new products and services, new technologies and ways of
working, the employers of the future will have to become more creative to
benefit from these changes.
On the other hand, negotiation and flexibility, which
are now high on the list of skills, will begin to drop from the top. Machines,
using masses of data, begin to make our decisions for us.
Similarly, active listening, considered a core skill
today, will disappear completely from the top 10.
Emotional intelligence, which doesn’t feature in the
top 10 today, will become one of the top skills everyone needs.
What are the core skills of the
Another Institute for the Future (IFTF) report does a
great job identifying the key work skills and capabilities needed in the next
Here are a few:
- Sense-making – the ability to connect
things in order to create new ideas
- Social Intelligence – the ability to connect with people and form functional
relationships. Influence and relationship-building will come from asking
the right questions, not necessarily having all the answers.
- Computational thinking – being analytical will be extremely important
in a data-centered environment. The ability to translate vast amount of
data into actual insight is more than ever a critical skill.
- Transdisciplinarity – companies will be looking
for people with new, agile skills that can see the big picture, listen, synthesize ideas and connect
- Cognitive Load Management – the ability to effectively filter and focus
what on what really requires your attention.
Of course, all the skills mentioned above do not stand
alone. They must be accompanied by technical knowledge and skills and then professional
to help you stay relevant within a competitive global environment.
It's essential to take charge of your own destiny by
evaluating where you are today and charting your personal map as to where you
want to go.
As an Oracle Partner you and your colleagues are
already experts. To improve and develop your knowledge and skills step by step
and to continue your learning as products evolve, Oracle University offers digital
learning solutions. You can learn between billable projects and either at
work or at home: anytime and anywhere.
Just think about it. 97 percent of the Fortune 500
companies run Oracle solutions. So Oracle training and certification are the
best way for you to improve your skills and secure the future success of
yourself and of your company.
With Oracle certifications, your resume gets noticed,
your chances improve, you become more marketable, and you earn more money. Gaining
and validating your knowledge and skills is the key.
World Economic Forum, The Muse