Your Maths A-Level is Worthless: 10 Skills Employers Actually Want

10 skills employers want

Do you have students or children starting to think about their futures?  Are they weighing up their options in terms of subjects or higher education pathways?  Do they have a specific vocation or are they still unsure?  As teachers and parents it is important for us to support our students and children, so that they have the best chance for success.  But how to you know what to say to today’s youth about what they can expect?  Which of their current passions or talents are likely to be the ones to stick around?  How can what they get excited about now prepare them for the modern workplace and help them build a stable lifestyle?  We wanted to offer a run down of the top skills that employers are looking for, so you have a guide that will help you support your child or student in making the right decisions for their future.

It was different in my day….

Yes.  Yes it was.  That is the first thing you need to realise and let go.  The way we learn, teach and work are consistently evolving, and some would argue at an even faster pace lately, so what your children might need to encounter at school might look a lot different to what you are used to.  But so will the workplaces they will end up in.  According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report in 2020, “50% of all employees will need reskilling by 2025, as adoption of technology increases” which shows how important it is for us to be preparing students, in the right way, as early as possible.  Which is extremely possible, as the Forum’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Professor Klaus Schwab, puts it “the bounty of technological innovation which defines our current era can be leveraged to unleash human potential”.  It is up to us as teachers and school leaders to devise curriculums and lessons plans that reduce the archaic reliance on high-stakes standardized tests and embrace new, more effective assessment methodologies and the fostering of crucial ‘soft skills’.  We also need to ensure that students are sufficiently equipped for the technological world, especially given the job landscape predictions as shown below:

10 skills employers want

So, what skills development should young people be focusing on…

Top 10 skills most in demand from employers

  1. A strong work ethic. This is especially important in the new frontier of remote working where employers need to be able rely on team members getting things done when no one is looking over their shoulder.
  2. Good communication When employees can communication effectively with their team, their management and their clients, things will run more smoothly and productivity will be at optimal levels.
  3. The capacity for innovation, creativity and initiative. Individuals who are able to ‘think-outside-the-box’ or at least demonstrate an ability to make original and insightful contributions are far more valuable to prospective employers.
  4. The ability to self-manage and adapt. Another one that is highly sought after in the flexible workplaces of our current environment, but those who can demonstrate self-management skills, accurate self-analysis and adaptability will be at the top of any must-hire list.
  5. Excellent problem solving and critical thinking. The more effective an employee is at finding solutions and pathways that overcome obstacles and challenges, the more valuable they are.
  6. Committed teamwork. When employees know how to work efficiently with others, they are more likely to be able to achieve objectives and meet deadlines.
  7. Dynamic leadership and engaged influence. Individuals who can showcase the type of inspirational skills that make them good leaders that can engage and encourage influence in others will be very in-demand.
  8. Technological awareness and functionality. The better equipped students are in terms of technology, the better resource they will be for prospective employers of all types.
  9. Adequate levels of resilience and stress-tolerance. To be truly job-ready, students need to make sure they excel in the types of ‘soft skills’ that make all the difference when it comes to navigating the world of work.
  10. A desire to learn. With the realities of the workplace encompassing constant evolutions, active-learning and re-skilling will be the cornerstones of employee retention and company productivity.  Individuals who show a strong commitment to continued professional development, training and learning will give employers the opportunity to expand their capabilities without losing essential institutional knowledge – a particularly lucrative option.


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