One of the more talked about trends in corporate America today is the skills gap. We’ve all heard about it. It threatens the sustainability of businesses around the world. And while a big part of the it is a shortage of people skilled in the STEM (science, technology, education, and math) industries, a gap in soft skills such as communication and advanced leadership skills exists as well. But we could be worrying about the wrong skills gap. The real danger to the American economic infrastructure is a lack of skilled laborers and technicians in the manufacturing sector and the trades.
One of the hottest topics in career discussion today is the almost mythical skills gap. Despite what some people say, the skills gap, like climate change, is very real. It exists because Higher Education has fallen behind the needs of today’s businesses. As a result, many companies believe that new graduates do not possess the skills necessary for even entry level positions. If you graduated recently, you might be looking at your student debt and wondering what you spent all that money on.
This infographic from Strayer@Work presents the highlights of their 2017 Skills Index Report.
Using this information about in-demand skills – from enterprise software to data analytics to wireless technologies – you can gain the skills necessary to remain employable for the foreseeable future.
Many recruiters and hiring managers believe strongly in using their hearts – their intuition – to make hiring decisions. But at the same time, they’re having to use their minds to evaluate who has the right skills for important positions.
Want to land your dream job? You’ll need to prove you have the skills and pass the intuition test with recruiters and hiring managers…
There is so much talk about the “Skills Gap” in the marketplace. In fact, many employers have many positions open for long periods of time.
Not because people aren’t applying, but because they lack the skills required. So what are these missing, underrated skills?
It isn’t just hard skills or technical skills that employers are struggling to find. Adaptability and the ability to thrive in ambiguity are also important. According to Hirst, “Another thing that we keep hearing is about the soft skills that people need to work in fast moving, multidisciplinary teams, to learn, re-learn, and unlearn skills needed to cope with the rapid pace of change. The key issue here is the ability for workers to reskill again and again.”