The digital transformation not only creates new jobs, but also requires new skills. The joint study by Kienbaum Institut @ ISM and Stepstone shows which skills will become important in the next 5 years and how the learning of the future can be designed.

Key Learnings on Future Skills

  • War for talent, digitalization and digital technologies create skills gap, especially in data analytics & IT
  • Top 10 future skills are digital communication, lifelong learning, willingness to change, digital application skills, customer centricity, digital strategy, problem solving skills, virtual working, interpersonal collaboration and basic technical understanding
  • Future competencies are relevant, but not clearly defined in companies
  • Corporations favor recruiting and upskilling, SMEs focus more on continuing education

Key Learnings on Future Learning

  • Corporate learning is still formal, generalized and only strategic to a limited extent
  • In contrast, there is a desire for more personal and virtual formats, such as learning on demand, digital learning platforms and mobile learning
  • More than half of respondents are rather dissatisfied with the quality and variety of current learning and development offerings
  • Covid-19 pandemic has made learning and development offerings more digital, but has slowed them down in terms of quality and offerings
  • More than half of respondents see themselves as responsible for their skills acquisition, but would like to have more support, transparency, and opportunities to shape it

The entire study of Kienbaum Institut @ ISM and Stepstone can be found here: "Future Skills - Future Learning"