What skills will you need to succeed in the future?
Times have changed for U.S. workers. Companies in the mid-20th century were looking for rule-following, conformist employees who wanted to belong, according to “The Organization Man,” William H. Whyte’s famed examination of 1950s work culture.
Natasha Dalzell-Martinez, a research director with Apollo Group, parent company of University of Phoenix, led a team of consultants on a mission to identify the qualities employers seek today.
“There’s no linear career path anymore,” Dalzell-Martinez says. “The days where you worked in a vacuum for a single boss, using a single skill, with no real say or control over your own job or assignments are over. People now wear many hats and have many skills."
Dalzell-Martinez and her team identified the top 10 skills and how to acquire them through education:
Top 10 skills for the successful 21st-century worker
Take a cross-disciplinary approach to project teamwork. Participate in leading and following in order to prepare for your career.
"Many businesses are adopting a participative management style, which involves employees in decision making." - George DeMetropolis, University of Phoenix faculty member and leadership consultant
Choose courses that are collaborative and measure success by team results.
Take advantage of flexible course schedules and learning platforms in order to work, raise a family, volunteer and learn.
Seek out learning environments that build technology and media fluency.
Learn in a diverse classroom to gain opportunities to build cross-cultural understanding.
Take coursework that offers an opportunity to engage in self-directed, project-based and applied learning.
Learn in an environment that requires participation in many modes of communication.
Productivity and accountability
Select a school that provides a code of conduct in learning situations to build accountability and productivity.
"Students must hold themselves accountable and have the opportunity to hold others accountable for the good of the team." - Irene Blundell, University of Phoenix faculty member
Accessing, analyzing and synthesizing information
Seek out a market-driven curriculum focused on real cross-functional issues to help you think about how issues interconnect.
Work on developing the ability to solve current and relevant issues in the safety of the classroom environment.