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Inputs Needed by Trainers to Help Workers Develop Future Work Skills
by: Erik Boshuizen

In this article, I will be sharing the important future work skills that every worker is supposed to have. But be aware that they won’t be having them unless they got trained on them by professional trainers.

The world is fast changing, but, are our workers growing as well to meet such changes? In the next decade, all the skills that workers have now will no longer be relevant. If steps are not taken now to Instill those future work skills into workers now, it will be difficult to bridge the gap when the time comes.
When that time comes, workers will be called upon to provide these future work skills which they will turn out not to have. In turn, they become adaptable lifelong learners working hard to cope with the stress of work and at the same time learn new skills.

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Future Work Skills

An Infographic

This infographic spots the light on the future work skills that all works will need to acquire through the coming decade. They are categorized, under four main group of skills, namely, Personal Skills, People Skills, Workplace Skills, and Applied Skills.

This need has brought us all to the point that we need to realize that those future work skills must be learned now to meet up with future demands. Therefore, all trainers in all sectors must have the necessary tools to make this happen. This also includes the educational institution, the primary, secondary and the post-secondary levels. The landscape is changing, trainers need to prepare ahead to feed workers what they need to cope with these future work skills.

In this article, I will be sharing the important future work skills that every worker is supposed to have. They won’t be having them unless they got prepared by professional trainers. These future work skills are:

Future Work Skills

The Future Work Skills

1- Personal Skills

This category of skills refers to the ability of a worker to act as a team player and a striver. Personal skill majorly has to do with Resilience.

2- People Skills

This category of skills refers to the ability of a worker to be a team player. Skills like these include social intelligence, virtual collaboration, and cross-cultural competency.

3- Applied Skills

This category of skills includes the skills that have to deal with the ability of a worker to be able to logically analyze information. Such skills include sense-making, Novel and adaptive thinking, and cognitive load management.

4- Workplace Skills

These skills involve the ability of workers to solve technical problems and make decisions. Skills like these include new media literacy, computation thinking, design mindset and transdisciplinary.

Trainers need to understand these future work skills one after another before been able to pass down the acquired knowledge to their trainees. The input needed to get this done is assessment and evaluation.

Assessment helps you to understand each one of those future work skills, while evaluation helps you to know if your trainees are actually anywhere close to learning those future work skills and preparing for the future job opportunities that wait.


Future Work Skills

Final Thoughts

These future work skills are still in the future and the future is yet to be written. This means that so many things can still be done to put things in place. You as a trainer needs to step up your game and make use to these tools to teach your trainees all that is needed to help develop those future work skills. The future is waiting; therefore, we all need to prepare and instill future work skills into the lives of our workers and help develop complete workers.

by: Erik Boshuizen
Erik Boshuizen is the global director of the International Board of Certified Trainers (IBCT). Erik is an early-retired President of a Graduate Business School for HRD in the Netherlands. He worked in multiple marketing and HR positions within business and HRD industry. Erik studied Strategic Corporate Education with a major in ‘transfer of training’ and evaluation. Erik holds a master's degree in Education.

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