In an era of increasing automation and global off-shoring, workers will need to retool themselves with the following skills to more effectively manage technology and the disruptive forces that it unleashes:
1.) Computational Thinking: Ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning
2.) Design Mindset: Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes
3.) Cognitive Load Management: Ability to discriminate and filter information, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques.
4.) New Media Literacy: Ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication
5.) Transdisciplinarity: Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines
6.) Sense Making: Ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed.
7.) Social Intelligence: Ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
8.) Novel and adaptive thinking: Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.
9.) Cross-Cultural Competency: Ability to operate in different cultural settings
10.) Virtual Collaboration: Ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team
References and Acknowledgments:
(Winter 2013) Devin Findler, and Marina Gorbis, “10 New Skills That Every Worker Needs”, Rotman Magazine, pp. 40-45.
Davies, Anna, Devin Fidler, and Marina Gorbis. Future Work Skills 2020. Institute for the Future for University of Phoenix. 2011.