Why industry values employability more than you think

Our world of work is constantly changing. The skills and knowledge learned in our early schooling years, or perhaps a qualification earned in our early twenties, will no longer be enough. According to research, learners are finding themselves overqualified, under-skilled, and in some cases, both.

Technological advances are fuelling social, economic, and environmental challenges, so the world around learners is changing as rapidly as the wider world of work, which makes constantly evolving one’s workforce skills package a mission critical proposition.

The findings show that today’s learners no longer possess the skills required to meet the job market’s requirements and are unable to clearly communicate the skills they do have in ways that can boost their employability prospects. While this is alarming, there’s a solution to the skills gap problem, and it lies in the hands of the learner.

Through Pearson’s Future of Skills research, conducted in partnership with Nesta and the Oxford Martin School, we found that the future of work is far from a doom and gloom dystopia, where headlines of robots taking our jobs run along the news tickers at the bottom of our television screens.

It is instead the very things that make us human that will in turn make us more employable, such as things like being able to think outside the box to solve a problem, creativity skills to discover new efficiencies, or the ability to display leadership traits to drive outcomes, which are said to be missing from the talent pool leading to a skills gap in the wider employment marketplace. And more specifically, as the research suggests, these are the skills that are most in demand:

  • The teaching and learning of oneself and others
  • Understanding nuanced systems, whether those be human relationships, or the interface between humans and machines Creativity, such as originality and the ability to generate ideas, and be able to think flexibly