Skills for Global Work –Skills for Global Life?

Posted by careers consultant on 11 August 2014

Thanks to my colleague Helen West for sharing this interesting post....

I was lucky to get invited to a breakfast debate hosted by Think Global at City Hall on June 20th.

Think Global is a national education charity and the hub of a community of educators working to create a more just and sustainable world.

There is growing interest in the skills young people need to flourish in the globalised workplace of the future. Indeed, in 2018, the OECD’s PISA education league tables will include a measure on global competences.

This debate considered whether our young people are developing the skills they need to thrive in a globalised world – both for the world of work and for life. Speakers on the day included:

  • Caroline Waters OBE, BT’s former Director of People and Policy and Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE, Co-Founder of Step Up To Serve Campaign
  • Dan Simpson, Head of Talent, Siemens UK
  • Tom Franklin, CEO at Think Global

The top 3 skills were voted as:

  • Ability to think critically and openly about global and inter-cultural issues
  • Ability to seek, understand, and analyse different perspectives on global issues
  • Ability to interact well with people from diverse countries and cultures

The top 3 threats were voted as:

  • Young people are not aware that employers value knowledge of the wider world more highly than degree classification or A-levels. More employers (79%) say knowledge and awareness of the wider world is important than the numbers of employers who say the following are important: degree subject and classification (74%), A-level results (68%), or A-level subjects (63%) according to an ICM poll of 750 business leaders
  • Horizons and aspirations are too narrow to thrive in a globalised and multicultural economy
  • Inward looking domestic concerns in the UK risks diminishing young people’s relative breadth of perspective against peers in emerging economies who are increasingly globally literate

Interested in finding out more? Maybe you’re looking at building on the skills you’ll need for the future? Make sure you check out the services and support from your careers service.

Helen West

Careers Consultant

The Careers Group, University of London

Topics: Peace, Politics and Policy, employability skills, Working abroad

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