Skills for the Future Workforce

Are you ready?

Technology is changing the way we live and how our workplaces operate. What does this mean for you? As an employee, you will need to be ready to adapt to the coming changes. Employers will expect you to have a different set of skills, competencies and characteristics than they did in the past.

The table below shows how required competencies will change between 2015 and 2020.

As you can see, critical thinking and creativity will become more important while negotiation will be less important.

Top 10 competencies in 2015 and projected for 2020

Top 10 in 2015 Top 10 in 2020
2015
1. Complex problem solving
2020
1. Complex problem solving
2015
2. Coordinating with others
2020
2. Critical thinking
2015
3. People management
2020
3. Creativity
2015
4. Critical thinking
2020
4. People management
2015
5. Negotiation
2020
5. Coordinating with others
2015
6. Quality control
2020
6. Emotional intelligence
2015
7. Service orientation
2020
7. Judgment and decision-making
2015
8. Judgment and decision-making
2020
8. Service orientation
2015
9. Active listening
2020
9. Negotiation
2015
10. Creativity
2020
10. Cognitive flexibility

Source: The Future of Jobs Report, World Economic Forum, January 2016

What you need to succeed

What do we mean by skills, competencies and characteristics? These are the qualities that either come naturally to you or that you could gain through education, training and experience. Learning about them could help you decide what careers are a good fit for you.

The B.C. Future Workforce Framework was created to help you understand what employers are looking for. It can:

  • help students understand what they will need—in addition to education and training—to be successful in finding work
  • give parents, teachers and career counsellors a tool to discuss their students’ career options
  • prepare those who are looking to change careers

Explore below—learn what it will take to be successful in a B.C. career of the future.


Source: The U.S. Department of Labour/Employment and Training Administration, The O*NET Content Model. For more details, see the O*NET Content Model.

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