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21
st
Century Essential Skills
Work in the 21
st
Century:
Its a Whole New World
Who Turned the World Upside
Down? Why Didn’t They Tell Us?
Rapid changes in technology bring about
social change in many ways.
Companies need to remain agile to be
competitive.
Many companies can no longer make
commitments of hiring full-time
employees for 40 years.
Who Turned the World Upside
Down? Why didn’t they tell us?
At the same time, technology is connecting
workers to a global economy like never
before
The workforce is truly globally competitive,
anyone can work from anywhere in the
world
That means you are competing against the
world for work that previous generations
only competed for locally
What Does the Modern Workplace
Look Like?
Currently 53 million people are independent
contractors, 1/3 of the total U.S. workforce.
By 2020, its projected that nearly 50% of
the U.S. workforce will be independent
contractors, or freelancers.
This new economy is called theGig
Economy”.
What Does the Modern Workplace
Look Like?
Traditional “jobsare being replaced with
gigs”.
Gigs are short-term jobs or contracts, rather
than full-time, permanent employment.
The workplace is everywhere: employees
can work remotely from anywhere in the
world.
What Does This Mean for Modern
Workers?
No guarantees of long-term, stable employment
No guarantees of retirement and employer-
provided health care
Anticipate periods of time without work you
must save $!
More flexibility in the workplace
Workers who embrace these changes can shape
their lifestyles, work from home, and more!
Quick Stats
A college degree used to correlate to about a 40
year career
Gen-Xers who graduated from college from 1986-
1990 averaged two job changes in their first ten
years of employment
Millennials can change jobs four or more times in
their first ten years of employment
Modern workers aren’t just changing jobs, they
often change to completely different industries
too
That Wasn’t In The Plan,
Now What?
20
th
Century workers believed by going to college and
working hard that job security would follow
This is NO LONGER true, and may seem unfair
21
st
Century workers who embrace the change in the
workforce have a better chance of success and even
happiness
New values: less emphasis on consumption, more
emphasis on flexibility
Learn the skills to navigate the New World of Work!
Essential Skills for
the 21
st
Century
These skills go by many other names:
Applied skills, work skills, transferable skills,
employability skills, and soft skills.
What they are:
Knowledge, work habits, and character
traits necessary to succeed in this rapidly
changing world.
Essential Skills for
the 21
st
Century
The good news:
Just like any other subject, Essential Skills
can be taught, practiced, and incorporated
into everyone’s life.
The New World of Work team has
identified the Top 10” Essential Skills all
modern workers need.
Essential Skills for
the 21
st
Century
1. Adaptability
2. Analysis/Solution Mindset
3. Collaboration
4. Communication
5. Digital Fluency
6. Empathy
7. Entrepreneurial Mindset
8. Resilience
9. Self-Awareness
10.Social/Diversity Awareness
How the Essential Skills Series
Can Help You
The course lessons and videos have been
designed to help you build your Essential
Skills.
Understanding your essential skills will help
you adapt and succeed in the workforce.
Watch this Introduction Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAweDxVJFBU
4-Steps to Gain Skills for the New
World of Work
Step 1: Skill awareness: What is the skill? Why is it relevant
in the workplace?
Step 2: Observation: After awareness, then purposefully
observe others in the workplace, model after good
examples
Step 3: Reflect on skills and workplace situations in a safe
environment; self-assess your own behavior, get feedback,
make adjustments
Step 4: Continue practicing the skills and reflecting on
progress
Next Steps
Please visit each of the 10 Essential Skills lessons.
Each of the 10 Essential Skills will have
presentations and videos for you to view.
Some lessons will also have handouts and
activities to complete.
Complete all 10 skills and you will understand
why employers want employees with these skills
and how you can upgrade your skills too.
Conclusion
Gaining Essential Skills will help prepare you for the
demands of the modern workforce
These are gained through a combination of
awareness, practice in the workplace, and reflection
You are in control of your own journey
Please complete each of the 10 Essential Skills Modules
Ask for feedback from instructors and work based
learning supervisors
Apply what you learn every single day