It’s an evolving new world

It is expected that by 2022 we will need an additional 101 extra learning days (The Future of Jobs 2018 report, World Economic Forum), and that 85% of job that will exist in 2030 haven’t yet been invented (DELL Report, reported). So what does this mean from a recruitment perspective?

From 3D printing to artificial intelligence and autonomous cars, the skills businesses require today and in the future are rapidly shifting. The Future of Jobs 2018 report by the WEF, highlights the transformations taking place globally and the impact that this is having on the way businesses think about:

  • up-skilling current staff to meet the needs of new emerging roles and the decline of traditional positions (‘Two-thirds expect workers to adapt and pick up skills in the course of their changing jobs’)
  • recruitment – geographically 9 out of 10 industries surveyed had talent availability as a primary factor in their location and ability
  • technology adoption – 2030 may well become the era of self-directed learning, and the start of ‘human-machine partnerships’ which this DELL Technologies report ‘The next era of human-machine partnerships’  positions as a way forward for the future

Going forward

Selecting ‘the best of the best candidates’ will mean selecting those who can adapt to this quickly changing world.

It comes as little surprise to see in the WEF report that analytical thinking and innovation, critical thinking and analysis and reasoning, problem-solving and ideation are all classified as skills to be in demand by 2022. These skills can be tested using assessments such as the Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices Test.

21st Century Skills

These ‘21st century skills’ provide the ability to look at a situation logically and clearly understand it from multiple perspectives while separating facts from opinions, prejudices and assumptions, helping a person to reach the right, rational decisions. ‘Applied Intelligence’ is what some clients call it. With that, Critical Thinking proves to be an excellent predictor of job performance in complex jobs.

Preparing for 2030

Identifying candidates with the right skills and abilities to meet the needs of businesses is therefore key, and at Pearson TalentLens we have a range of tools that can help you measure a person’s Critical Thinking Ability, as well as training to develop this key skill. For advice on how we can help you prepare for the future contact us.


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