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Developing skills to improve employability

Automation is changing the way organizations operate. Here are ways to fit into the workforce of the future.

When it comes to the jobs of the future, there’s good news. More employers than ever (87%) plan to increase or maintain their headcount as a result of automation, according to the latest ManpowerGroup research. Humans are wanted.

At the same time, the nature of work is changing. To stay relevant in the workplace of tomorrow, workers need to focus on nurturing their learnability and developing soft skills. To improve employability, here are skills to work on in the future.


As the skills of the future continue to emerge, learning how to learn will be essential. Learnability is the ability and desire to quickly grow and adapt one’s skillset to stay employable for the long-term. This is important because in the next three years, over half of all employees will require significant reskilling and upskilling. This training can take six months, 12 months or even more than a year. Learning is key to being employable now, and for the long term.

Soft skills

Employers value human skills that endure even as automation proves better at routine tasks. Workers who demonstrate higher cognitive skills, creativity and the ability to process complex information can expect greater success throughout their careers. By 2030, demand for social and emotional soft skills will grow across all industries by 26% in the U.S. and by 22% in Europe, according to the WEF Future of Jobs report.

Talent is personality in the right place

People perform at their best when their role is the right fit for their natural capabilities and their strengths are understood. Assessment is the most valuable way of understanding human potential and matching people to the right role. This is how employers can identify skills people have that can be easily adapted and applied to new roles. Assessing people increases the likelihood of placing the right person in the right role from a 50/50 flip of the coin to about 80% confidence. Identify your skills through free resources online such as our Learnability Quotient or DigiQuotient to better understand yourself and let employers know your best fit.

The future is bright for employability, as long as workers continue to learn, adapt and grow. With an eye to the future, workers can increase their employability and find new ways to succeed tomorrow.

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