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Future of job development – Hard skills and Soft skills

Future of job development - Hard skills and Soft skillsEmployers 2019 are looking for a combination of both hard and soft skills, according to an analysis from business networking site LinkedIn. However, 57% of senior leaders today say soft skills are more important than hard skills, which lead the way to the future of job development. 

The soft skills …

… that companies have the highest demand for are first, creativity. This is the number one skill, since as robots are optimizing yesterday’s solutions, creative humans are developing future solutions.

Second is persuasion, to buy a product, service or concept, to make others follow your path.

Collaboration is number 3 of the soft skills in order to add more value than the sum of the people involved.

Hard skills …

… that are required most by the employers 2019 are

1. Cloud Computing

2. Artificial Intelligence

3. Analytical reasoning

4. People Management

5. UX design.

“The findings chime with the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report, which concluded that “human” skills like originality, initiative and critical thinking are likely to increase in value as technology and automation advances.”  

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Curiosity to Learn in a tech-savvy World

Curiosity to Learn in a tech-savvy WorldCuriosity is the driving force that works to fill the gap between Nyfikenhet att Lära i en teknikintensiv världwhat we know and what we want to know. Torah Kachur CBC science columnist writes the following about the curiosity to learn:

“You can think of it like a mental itch and the only way to scratch the itch is to seek out new knowledge.”

To put fuel on this driving-force is even more important today than before the digital technology boom. This is one of the key points in Dr David A. Sousa’s book “Engaging the Rewired Brain”.

Dr Sousa’s research is based on recent brain research on how the human brain develops throughout childhood and adolescence. In the next step, he provides evidence-based guidance and points out specific strategies to teachers working with technology-addicted learners.

Rewired brain

Young people’s brain is developing differently in comparison with past generations. Since the human brain is plastic thereby changes with experience the rewiring goes to some extent for older generations too. Dr Sousa says that technology has reduced the need to remember information. It is the context that matters. At the same time smartphones, tablets and computers are an engaging distraction that either put the student on an adventurous learning-path or a zapping ride without purpose and goal. And Dr Sousa continues

“Teachers generally focus mainly on their students’ intellectual engagement and create lessons and assignments that stimulate their students’ curiosity and interests.”

Curiosity to learn

Torah Kachur writes:

“Another region of the brain that is stimulated when we are curious is the caudate — a region of the brain that essentially sits as an intersection between new knowledge and positive emotions.”

Here is one of the keys to why games could be such a powerful learning tool. This means that curiosity does not kill the cat as the saying says. Instead, it made it happier and more knowledgeable.

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LarsGöran Boström©

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