406 The top 10 skills that will be in demand by all employers by 2020

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In fewer than four years, employers will seek employees with very different skill sets than they do today.

In fact, on average more than one third of the desired skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered important to the job today, according to a recent report from the World Economic Forum.

The report, called “The Future of Jobs,” surveyed executives from more than 350 employers across nine industries in 15 of the world’s largest economies to come up with predictions about how technological advancements will force the labor markets to evolve.

I Word Understanding

Seek – try to find
Comprised – consist of
Evolve – develop

II Have your say

1. Do you think your skills are enough? What other skills would you like to have?
2. How these skills can help your career improvement?
• Cognitive flexibility will continue to be an important skill
• Negotiation skills will still be in demand
• Service orientation skills will be important
• Judgment and decision making will become a highly desired skill
• Emotional intelligence is another social skill that will be in demand
• Coordinating with others is another thing robots haven’t perfected yet.
• People management is an ability that will be sought after.
• Creativity will become a huge quality employers look for
• Critical thinking is a basic skill that will remain in high demand
• Complex problem solving continues to be the top skill employers will seek

406 The top 10 skills that will be in demand by all employers by 2020

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