The “must have skills” for success in the future

Current research from leading organizations such as The World Economic Forum and The National Association of Colleges and Employers identifies the following “must have skills” for success in the future.  To be successful in any role, in any organization, in any profession; you will need to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Communication skills (spoken, written, electronic)
  • People relationship management
  • Coordinating with others / teamwork
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Service orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Career Readiness

Sources: Future of Jobs Report – The World Economic Forum, NACE – The National Association of Colleges and Employers

Keep in mind: you can not fine tune these skills by merely going to class and completing your course work.  It is crucial that you are actively engaged outside of the classroom.  To be successful, you must be active in civic and campus life and you should focus on “The Big Six Experiences.”