The Future of Work: Assessing Skills Essential for Success

By Doris Zahner, Ph.D. | December 10, 2021 | Getting Smart

Our ever-growing technological world is rapidly changing the nature of work and the skills required to be successful. Workforce success is becoming less dependent on having content knowledge and more dependent on essential career readiness skills including critical thinking, problem solving, and effective written communication.

Almost a third of the world’s workforce—more than a billion jobs—is likely to be transformed by technology in the coming decade, according to estimates by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an internationally focused nonprofit that works “to build better policies for better lives.”

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