Are You Missing Out On Essential Skills For Your Future?Posted: 23rd of April 2015 by
A recent report conducted by LifeSkills has revealed that nearly half of young people feel that they are not being taught the essential skills that businesses will be looking for in the future. A survey of 2,000 young people and their parents asked which skills they believed would be most important to them in the next ten years, and if they were being taught them. The survey also asked businesses which skills they believed would be required for young people in the workplace over the next ten years, and compared the results. So, the question is which skills were seen as important, and are you being taught them?
The young people, aged between 14 and 25, and their parents, said that they felt digital skills and problem-solving would be what employers would be looking for over the next ten years. However, 48% of them said they didn’t think that they were being taught the skills they would require as entry-level candidates entering the job market in the future.
The young respondents also identified the top three skills they felt they would need entering the job market – noting ‘IT Skills’ (47%), ‘Problem Solving and Spotting Mistakes’ (43% and 46%), and ‘Working With People from Different Generations and Backgrounds’ (43% and 50% respectively).
However, the LifeSkills findings then used the Future Work Skills 2020 report to compile the list of skills that employers would actually be looking for in entry-level candidates over the next 10 years. This next list was larger than even that compiled by the young people, and included:
· Ability to reason and prioritise
· Ability to work effectively in large teams
· Ability to solve problems and spot mistakes
· Ability to work with people of different generations and backgrounds
· Ability to understand complex data
· Ability to communicate through video/audio rather than writing
· Ability to deal with lots of information at one time and multi-task
· Ability to specialise in one area but also be good at a broad range of subjects
· Ability to get the most out of working environments
The report concluded that many young people did not understand how important these skills would be to their future employment chances and businesses in the next 10 years. Among the skills that the young people failed to recognise as important were prioritising workloads (66%), having a broad range of skills (66%), and working in teams (65%).
However, it seems that it is not just a lack of awareness which is a potential cause of trouble over the next decade, but also the fact that few young people feel they are being taught the relevant skills.
Kirstie Mackey, Head of LifeSkills, said: “As the experts in the area, and those likely to be most affected by a skill shortage, businesses must work with education providers and the Government to ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed when they leave education.”
Meanwhile, Nick Newman, Founder of National Careers Week, said, “It’s essential that young people not only understand the skills employers will be looking for in the future but are also given the appropriate guidance and support to develop them.”
What do you think about the list of skills – are you being taught them?
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