Top 10 Career Skills as we Approach 2020

A list of skills to acquire and practice through the year to stay relevant and valuable in business.

#1. Novel & Adaptive Thinking

Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.

#2. New Media Literacy

Ability to critically assess and develop content in new media forms, and to leverage new media for persuasive communication.

#3. Cross-Cultural Competency

Ability to operate in different cultural settings.

#4. Design Mindset

Ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes.

#5. Cognitive Load Management

Ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand cognitive functions.

#6. Virtual Collaboration

Ability to work productively, drive engagement and demonstrate presence as part of a virtual team.

#7. Transdisciplinary

Literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines.

#8. Sense Making

Ability to figure out the deeper significance or meaning of what is being said.

#9. Computational Thinking 

Ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and understand data-based reasoning.

#10. Social Intelligence

Ability to connect with others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired outcomes.

Source: Pheonix University, Future Work Skills 2020,

This article is from the February/March 2019 issue of Douglas.