People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

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Career Strategy Tip – Prepare for An Uncertain Future By Second-Skilling

We recently read an interesting article titled “Could Singapore hold the secret to preparing workers for an uncertain future?” on

We talk about learning new skills and refreshing existing skills as part of one’s career strategy on our blog, in our presentations and workshops, etc.


This article talks about second-skilling. “In today’s economy, second-skilling — developing your skills in a sector other than the one you work in — is necessary for career resiliency; it gives you options and flexibility. That second skill can either complement the skills you’re already using in your current job, or offer a completely alternative path.”

Incorporate second-skilling as part of your career strategy. What would you second-skill in?


The Job Skills of the Future, and of the Past

Tom Kucharvy recently posted a provocative post on the job skills of the future, and of the past.

As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, it becomes capable of performing more and more tasks that previously could only be performed by humans. As of now, only three types of jobs still defy automation—specific forms of non-routine tasks (both manual and cognitive) and complex communications. Technology, however, is now beginning to make inroads even into these.

Kucharvy focuses on 2 key skills for the high-value jobs of the future:

  • Complex communication skills; and
  • High-level cognitive skills.

Read the rest of Kucharvy’s post to learn more.

How will the job skills of the future and of the past affect libraries and the library profession?