Although the need for inclusive, soft skills-based education and hiring was apparent long before the pandemic, COVID-19 greatly accelerated existing trends. As we look toward economic recovery, it has become even more critical to ensure every individual is prepared or upskilled with the Durable Skills necessary for long-term success in the workforce.
By focusing on common competencies instead of diverse technical needs, we have an opportunity to help a broader and more inclusive group of learners advance in career pathways for employees’ and employers’ mutual benefit.
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What are Durable Skills?
In an era when technical skills are evolving at an unprecedented pace, there is an important set of durable ‘soft skills’ that last throughout an entire career—a combination of how we use what we know and our character skills. Based on Emsi’s database of tens of millions of employer job postings from the past two years, we started by categorizing 100 of the most in-demand Durable Skills into 10 major themes or competencies.
Durable Skills Competencies:
- Leadership: directing efforts and delivering results
- Character: personal and professional conduct
- Collaboration: teamwork and connection
- Communication: information exchange and management
- Creativity: new ideas and novel solutions
- Critical Thinking: informed ideas and effective solutions
- Metacognition: self-understanding and personal management
- Growth Mindset: improvement and aspiration
- Mindfulness: interpersonal and self-awareness
- Fortitude: constitution and inspiration