By 2030, 85% of people will be in professions that don’t even exist today. That’s what the study The 2030 Projection: A Vision of the Future commissioned by Dell Technologies from the Institute for the Future (IFTF) reveals.

Many current jobs will be extinguished, but that does not mean that the professions will also be extinguished; rather, they will be transformed to meet the new market demands. They will be professions considered new, but this reality is already happening. What will companies look for in these people to hire them? What will be considered a differential for the professional?

If you are still active in the marketplace 10 years from now, or even, if your children are just starting out in this job search, here are the pillars of 21st century educational skills.

Jacques Delors, French economist and politician, chaired Unesco’s International Commission on Education for the 21st century. In this period, the author of the report “Education, a treasure to be discovered”, he explores the Four Pillars of Education, which serve as a guide for us to think about our skills in the labor market:  

  1. Learning to know – It is necessary to make the act of understanding, discovering, constructing and reconstructing knowledge pleasurable. What competencies will we need? Value curiosity, autonomy and attention to learn throughout your life.
  2. Learning to do – You must be able to face new employment situations and work in a team, developing cooperative spirit and humility, values necessary for collective work. What competences will we need? Have initiative and intuition, enjoy a certain amount of risk, know how to communicate and resolve conflicts, and be flexible.
  3. Learning to live together – In today’s world, this is a very important learning because it is valued: those who learn to live with others. What competencies will we need: to develop the perception of interdependence, to manage conflicts, to participate in common projects and to enjoy collective effort.
  4. Learning to be – It is important to develop sensitivity, ethical sense, imagination, creativity and integral growth of the person in relation to intelligence. What competencies will we need? To have personal responsibility, autonomous and critical thinking

Learning only for the absorption of knowledge must give way to thinking, knowing how to communicate and investigate, having logical reasoning and, above all, having an attitude of learning to live with others.

These pillars are not new, they are skills that we have already been looking for in people today.

The big question is whether we are attentive to them, rather than knowing, we really need to learn to BE.