What skills are needed as citizens in a future of work?

By Erik Korsvik Østergaard, 5. October 2021.

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“In a labor market that is more automated, digital, and dynamic, all citizens will benefit from having a set of foundational skills that help them fulfill the following three criteria, no matter the sector in which they work or their occupation:

  • add value beyond what can be done by automated systems and intelligent machines
  • operate in a digital environment
  • continually adapt to new ways of working and new occupations”

McKinsey has identified 56 distinct elements of talent (DELTAs) that help citizens thrive in the future of work.

In fact, the biggest gap in proficiency is in the digital skills.

To a large degree, the participants with higher education had higher proficiency (not surprising), BUT,

“for many within the self-leadership and interpersonal categories, such as ‘self-confidence,’ ‘coping with uncertainty,’ ‘courage and risk-taking,’ ’empathy,’ ‘coaching,’ and ‘resolving conflicts,’ there is no such association. For some DELTAs, more education was associated with lower proficiency, ‘humility’ being an example. “

Education is not a vital sign for preparedness for self-leadership. Employment is.

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