Ok team, Listen here. There is something really important we need to chat about. The Foundation for Young Australians (that's us) released a new report that analysed 4.2 million job ads from the past 3 years and have sussed out what skills are most wanted by employers.
The great news is, you probably already have a lot of them, you just might not realise it.
The report, titled New Basics, is the latest in our New Work Order series that looks at the critical skills we all need to succeed in the changing world of work.
We can all agree that this kind of BIG DATA is a BIG DEAL so we’re going to break it down for you so you can make your next job application really stand out.
Here’s the skinny on which skills had the biggest increase in demand over the past 3 years:
- Digital literacy is up by 212%
- Creativity is up by 65%
- Critical thinking is up by 158%
- Presentation skills are up by 23%
Not only is the demand for these skills increasing, but jobs that want people with these skills are offering more cash as well. So if you want fat stacks, you’re going to need to know how to do these things.
When compared with similar jobs that don’t request these specific skills
- Jobs that ask for presentation skills will score you an extra $8,853 / year
- Jobs that ask for digital literacy will hand over an extra $8,648 / year
- Jobs that request problem solving will cough up an extra $7,745 / year
Long story short, it’s pretty clear that learning these skills is well worth your time.
What this means in reality is that young people can no longer only rely on technical skills they might have studied for (think engineering, architecture, accounting, medicine) but they also need to be armed with a toolkit of what we call ‘enterprise skills’ to get the best jobs.
The great news for you is that you have most likely already developed and demonstrated these enterprise skills, you just need to be able to package them up in a way that makes it clear to future employers that you’ve got what it takes to get the job done.
When you’re working on your next job application or in an interview, here are some hot tips for selling your enterprise skill set:
Digital Literacy – demand up by 212%
The great news about this one is that a lot of young people already know a lot about this.
We know what’s #trending and have sussed out that virus is bad and viral is good. We have first hand experience of what might make one app great and another really clunky.
To talk about this skill in your resume you might want to mention if you run your own Instagram account, if you’ve ever promoted an event online, built a website or if you’ve used excel to input data about any given thing (best hot chips in your city, how much homework you need to do, budgeting etc).
Creativity – demand up by 65%
Lots of people are probably reading this one and thinking ‘But I’m not creative’. Dear friends, that is simply not true. We have all done creative things, trust me.
If you’ve ever had to present an assignment in a visual way? That’s creative. Ever built a Power Point presentation or video? That’s creative. Ever faceswapped on Snapchat with a couch cushion? That’s v creative (you weirdo).
You might present yourself creatively in the way you dress, the music you listen to or your Tumblr layout.
Critical thinking – up by 158%
This one sounds way fancier than it is. It is probably something you do all the time without realising.
If you’ve ever thought about how something could function better or more efficiently in your workplace or school, that’s critical thinking.
If you’ve ever been able to look at an issue in the media and see a different side of the story, that’s critical thinking.
If you’ve ever been able to reflect on a party you’ve thrown and realised that you definitely didn’t nail the good cheese to cracker ratio, then you’re a critical thinker.
Presentation skills – up by 23%
This one is kind of obvious. By nature of attending school at some stage you’ve probably had to present in front of groups.
If you can’t think of something formal you might think of a time you trained someone new at your casual job or when you inspired your sports team with a killer half-time rev up speech. It could even be when you addressed a group while planning a school assignment. Any time you’ve communicated clearly, you’ve presented!
Wouldn’t it be nice to learn about these employable skills in school?
Now, while we think it’s super important that you know how to sell yourself and your enterprise skills, we don’t think it’s only up you.
We think that the results of this report speak pretty loud and clear and that enterprise skills like digital literacy, critical thinking and project management need to be taught in schools. From primary school, and all the way through to uni.
We’re also keen to see young people properly exposed to the job skills they’ll need; so we’re talking great work experience placements and immersive on job learning.
If you’re thinking that it would have been nice to learn a little more about these skills in the classroom, maybe show your teacher this article? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯