Analysis of Skills Required for Workers in the 21st Century

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Analysis of Skills Required for Workers in the 21st Century

The analysis of skills required for workers in the 21st Century has been categorized into the following three categories: (a) Foundation Skills, (b) Competencies, and (c) Global Competencies

Important Components of Foundation Skills

Based on my observations from the conducted research, I have discovered that human resource managers see an importance in foundation skills for a worker in the 21st century. Based on my findings, managers agree that foundation skills are essential for modern workers. To give you a better understanding of the findings, refer to Figure 1 below.

Figure 1
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Foundation Skills
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FactorsSAANDSD
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Basic45%20%15%20% -

Thinking45%25%10%10%10%

Personal Qualities20%20%10%30%20%
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*SA=Strongly AgreeA=AgreeN=NeutralD=DisagreeSD=Strongly Disagree

My observations of the findings show that HR managers seem to favor basic and thinking skills. While personal qualities are not as important to them. This is key information as the results show how these HR managers feel as if personal qualities are not an important skill set to have. This information is very interesting because there is an emphasis on basic and thinking skills, but not as much emphasis on personal qualities, which goes along with the “21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs” report that was quoted in the introduction. This report clearly states how there is an emphasis on basic skills and critical thinking skills but personal qualities was not included in this category.

Important Components of Competencies

Like the results on foundation skills, competencies also have some favorable components. Having competency is a key component for any job because it allows the employee to do have the ability to do the job correctly. Based on my observations, 1 component of competency skills sticks out from the rest refer to Figure 2 on the next page to see the results of this section of the survey.

Figure 2
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Competencies

FactorsSAANDSD
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Resources20%20%20%15%25%

Information40%35%15% 5% 5%

Interpersonal 45%35%20% - -

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Systems45%3535%20% -
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Technology70%30% - - -
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*SA=Strongly AgreeA=AgreeN=NeutralD=DisagreeSD=Strongly Disagree

As you can see from Figure 2, the majority of HR managers see a very strong importance in technology skills, with an overall importance in each of the other factors, besides resources. This comes as no surprise as the world and innovation are ever-changing which means that technology is something that is a very important skill set to have for a 21st century job. Another study showed that “Forty-two percent of production and nonsupervisory employees in manufacturing and service establishments now use computers.” (The National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, 1995) This is a perfect example of how technology skills are a key element of any 21st century employee for any job and is shown as a necessity for each of the HR manager’s questioned.

Importance of Global Competencies

As the market moves into a more global setting, as transportation and communication become an easier task, global competency is a very important set of skills to have for almost any 21st century job. From the data collected on this set of skills, all...
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