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Today’s workforce, as nearly everyone knows, is increasingly global. And with that global nature comes fierce competition–students will need an arsenal of workforce skills in order to stand out from their peers.
According to a recent McGraw-Hill Education survey, just 40 percent of college seniors said they felt their college experience was helpful in preparing for a career. Alarmingly, that percentage plummeted to 19 percent for women answering the same question.
That same survey also found that students in STEM majors were the most likely out of any group to report that they are optimistic about their career prospects (73 percent).
According to data from the nonprofit Institute for the Future, there are 6 drivers of change in today’s workforce.
These 6 drivers are leading employers to seek out new and unique skills–skills that are quickly becoming some of the most in-demand in the workforce.
The top 10 workforce skills of 2020 include:
1. Sense making
2. Social intelligence
3. Novel and adaptive thinking
4. Cross cultural competency
5. Computational thinking
6. New media literacy
8. Design mindset
9. Cognitive load management
10. Virtual collaboration