Mark Pearl

Only two in five employers believe the education system is doing a good job of preparing people for organisations like their own. Businesses are responding by offering on-the-job training, mentoring and coaching as a way of organically developing the skills they need.

An essential element would be the ability to empathise and to find joy in interpersonal interactions and the pursuit of common purpose.

There needs to be a greater focus on the skills gained, and their portability between different roles

Most sought after skills in the future

  • Communication,
  • Problem solving,
  • Adaptability,
  • Agility,
  • Resilience.

We are going to live longer and need to work longer…

The traditional concept of retirement, being the complete end of paid work, will change as many people want and need to continue working well into their 70s and 80s.

Age does not automatically equate to stage of career – businesses need to be open to the possibility of 50-year-old graduates and not make assumptions.

In an era where highly skilled workers are becoming increasingly scarce for many, organisations cannot afford to overlook any pool of talent.

Talent is distributed evenly throughout the population, and looking only to traditional sources of workers and specific job history is limiting. What might at first look like a skills shortage may on closer inspection reveal too narrow a search. By widening the search to look for skills and more diverse candidates, organisations open themselves up to improved productivity and performance, as well as being able to source skills they may have struggled to find.


Future of Talent CAANZ Report

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