The Role of Skills in the Future of Work

  To survive and thrive in a fast-changing world, workers need to keep updating their skills to improve their employment chances, advance their careers, and meet the shifting needs of employers.1 Employers typically look for workers with proficiency in the technical and cognitive skills needed to do the job, but they also look for more portable and transferable skills (i.e., cross-sector competencies) that can be taken from job-to-job and transferred to different situations and social contexts, such as interpersonal and problem-solving abilities, as well as knowledge, skills, and abilities for safe and healthy work. Lower skilled workers, such as young