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Human+ Skills for the Future of Work

Compiled from millions of government data points and online profiles, Robot-Ready examines the need for human+ skills as we move into the future of work

November 13, 2018

Human + Technical

Some say that STEM skills are the most critical skills in the age of automation. Others think only the uniquely “human” skills of the liberal arts will survive.

We believe it’s both. The most valuable workers now, and in the future, are those who combine technical knowledge with human skills.

Rather than pit a college education against workforce training, we advocate integrating both in the learning process. Learn more in Robot Ready: Human+ Skills for the Future of Work.


Key Findings

In Robot-Ready, we examine several striking insights:

1. Human skills—like leadership, communication, and problem solving—are among the most in-demand skills in the labor market.

2. Human skills are applied differently across career fields. To be effective, liberal arts grads must adapt their skills to the job at hand

3. Liberal art grads should add technical skills. There is considerable demand for workers who complement their human skills with basic technical skills like data analysis and digital fluency.

4. Human+ skills are at work in a variety of fields. Human skills help liberal arts grads thrive in many career areas, including marketing, public relations, technology, and sales.

The Real, Long-term Labor Market Outcomes of Liberal Arts Grads

Depending on who you ask, liberal arts graduates are either headed for a lifetime of serving coffee as a barista or are capable of doing absolutely anything. Most of these bold claims have little data underpinning them, so Strada Institute for the Future of Work joined forces with Emsi to get some definitive answers. Download The Real, Long-term Labor Market Outcomes of Liberal Arts Grads.


Leveraging a New Rosetta Stone

Deciphering human + technical skills to navigate the future of work

The most valuable workers now and in the future will be those who can combine technical knowledge with human skills and adapt to the changing needs of the workplace. Read more from Michelle Weise, SVP of Workforce Strategies for Strada Education Network and Chief Innovation Officer of the Strada Institute for the Future of Work.