Jobs of the future

  • By Borja Gonzalez del Reguera, Vice Dean,
    IE School of Human Sciences and Technology, Spain

What’s best? To be on the safe side and be one of many, or take a calculated risk and be the hot, sought-after specialist? That’s an ever-growing dilemma for the youth professional as job market requirements are changing dynamically in response to the evolving technological progress that brings more automatization, replacing basic jobs.

  • Which jobs should we prepare for to ensure we offer the market what’s needed, not falling out of its scope?
  • What do we need to learn and what do we have to study to continue being competitive?
  • Given that only two skills sought-after by employers in 2015 would remain in the top 10 skills by 2020, what skills should one develop?

In a webinar on ‘Jobs of the future’, Borja Gonzalez del Reguera, Vice Dean, IE School of Human Sciences and Technology, Spain, shared his vast experience in various fields and his journey from a 20-year-old working at Iberdrola to becoming the Vice Dean at IE school of Humanities and Sciences.

“When I started my career at Iberdrola, I wanted to become like my boss. To measure my progress, I would ask myself these questions to assure if was was really wanting to become what I wanted to become: 1. If I was the boss, then will I be making the same decisions as his? 2. Am I aligned with the decisions taken? 3. And do I really want to become like him? Answers to these questions made me realise that I lacked ‘Business Administration skills’, so I enrolled for an MBA,” says Borja.

Further, he discussed about trending fields today, like

  • Virtual Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mixed Reality

There has also been a shift in what companies expected in a candidate in the early 2000s and now. For example, companies then preferred people with specific knowledge, but today companies pay a premium to people who are good at multiple disciplines and to those who can work across multiple functions in an organization.

Here’s a list of what the top-rated skills are expected to be in 2020:

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People Management
  5. Coordinating with others
  6. Emotional Intelligence
  7. Judgement & Decision Making
  8. Service Orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive flexibility

The following are the 8 most sought-after combinations of skill sets of the best profiled today, in his experience,

  1. Creative + Expressive
  2. Analyzer + Sense-Maker
  3. Revolutionizer + Changer
  4. People Helper + Altruist
  5. Influencer + Communicator
  6. Builder + Developer
  7. Innovator + Entrepreneur
  8. Structurer + Keeper of order

Finally, Borja concluded by sharing 3 key takeaways with respect to both one’s career and one’s life.



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