A McKinsey report found that about half of the jobs performed by workers now could be automated using the technology currently available. Although some logistical and financial challenges prevent industries from automating as fully as possible right now, there is no doubt that the work landscape will be undergoing drastic changes in the next few years.
While the prospect of displacing so many workers may sound bleak, the outlook for the economy is positive. Incomes and consumer consumption are expected to increase overall. Automation may replace some workers, but jobs in healthcare and technology industries are predicted to grow faster than most fields. The increase in technology demands and growth in the aging population will create new opportunities for those willing to invest in quality job training and skill development. Encouraging your clients to use their workforce funding to train in these in-demand fields will put them ahead of the pack. Additionally, they can work on building certain soft skills that are top of the list for hiring managers.
Some of the most in-demand skills employers are looking for include:
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are among the most sought-after skills for most employers. With technology increasingly performing routine tasks, employers need workers with skills that a computer can't replicate. Analyzing evidence and managing challenging situations will be crucial in almost every profession from now on.
Good communication is the foundation of all other skills. Over 95 percent of employers rank effective communications skills such as empathetic listening and speaking with clarity and concision as essential. Unfortunately, they feel like only 41 percent of their employees are proficient in communication.
Collaboration skills are those that allow individuals to work effectively with other people. Teamwork enables a group of people with diverse skills and personalities to work together towards a common goal. Given the specialized nature of many jobs, it's no surprise that workplace innovation depends on multidisciplinary collaboration.
With more workplaces going virtual than ever before, having a strong work ethic and the ability to manage time are qualities many employers are actively seeking. Managing time well is a prerequisite for most modern jobs, from scheduling work to virtual learning to keep skills current.
The quickly changing workplace calls for the ability to adapt and handle change with resilience. Employers need to adopt new strategies quickly to remain competitive. They need their employees to be flexible enough to learn and implement new methods and techniques rapidly.
Additionally, employees with resilience are happier at work and are more engaged with people and the work that they do.
It's no longer enough to learn a set of skills and then expect to use them for the rest of your career. At MedCerts, we teach students foundational skills by providing personal education consultants and student success advisors. Our holistic coaching approach ensures that your clients get the help they need to thrive in their specific circumstances. We also provide an experiential environment that facilitates the development of all the skills today's employers are seeking. Our healthcare and information technology curriculum uses AI-driven tools to help ensure you meet your individual learning goals.
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