In 1988, the American Society for Research and Development conducted a two-year long study on workplace basics and the skills that employers seek in candidates for hire. The study pointed to skills like learning skills, basic reading and writing abilities, and listening and oral communication. Other areas, such as the ability to work in a team, leadership, and personal management were also among some of the strengths the study found to be essential.
Today, when indicating your skills on your resume, some of those skill areas may be in line with the 1988 study. On Monster’s sample functional resume, “written correspondence,” “report preparation,” and “project management” are among the strengths included. However, you also see additional talents like “computer savvy” and “professional presentations” on today’s resume. Many jobs look for proficiency in specific computer software, like Excel or Visual Basic. Others may want a candidate who is a hard salesperson, who can cold-call on clients and bring in net new business.
In the future, what will the job market be like? With the rate at which technology evolves, in five to ten years from now, employers may look for an entirely different skill set. Using data from a report by the Institute for The Future (IFTF), coupled with information from reports by the Missouri P-20 Council and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we have developed this list of seven skills for future professionals:
1. Socially intelligent
The ability to understand others, get along well with those around you, and act and react appropriately in various situations is essential in today’s workplace. But, in the future workplace, this social intelligence may set you apart from a different type of competition — mechanized competition. Your ability to engage in conversation, get to know someone personally, and develop meaningful relationships will provide a competitive edge over the future, more professional versions of today’s companion robots.