Skills and Competencies of the Future: 2018 Labour Market Outlook

4 April 2019
As the landscape of B.C.’s job market and economy continues to change, as do the skills and competencies needed to support it.  As a job seeker, remaining competitive is essential, and it’s helpful to understand which professional skills will be in the highest demand – and how to develop the required skills. The following are the top 10 “Very Important” skills for 2018-2028. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-5 on the following skills:

Legend: 1 = Not Demonstrating | 2 = Beginning | 3 = Developing | 4 = Accomplished | 5 = Exemplary

  1. Active Listening: Giving your full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  2. Speaking: Talking to others to share information effectively
  3. Reading Comprehension: The ability to acquire knowledge from written information and to apply it to problem solving
  4. Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  5. Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  6. Judgement and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  7. Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  8. Monitoring: Keeping track of, and assessing your performance, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  9. Complex Problem Solving: Being able to solve novel, ill-defined problems in complex real-world settings
  10. Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions
Take a moment to reflect and create new goals centered on improving your less competent skills (3 or lower). Now seek out new experiences that will allow you to grow your abilities in the areas identified above. It is okay to feel out of your comfort zone, it means you’re learning. 

Be resourceful in accomplishing your new goals: you can access online resources/courses, take courses at local colleges/universities, volunteer, and if you are a student look into co-operative education.

For a more in depth analysis of individual careers, and to explore what skills and competencies are required for specific careers, check out the 500 career profiles on the website.

To learn more about the future of work in British Columbia, you can read the 2018 Labour Market Report.