Kath Dunn Careers


Date: 9th Feb 2016

Following the Future of Jobs report released at the recent World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Head of Careers at Buckinghamshire New University has said that students are already being equipped to meet the top ten skills for the workplace in 2020, as outlined by the report.

Explaining the shift in trends between 2015 and 2020, Kath Dunn said: "The report indicates that the speed of change, the impact of increasing automation, and sophisticated technology in some areas will change the types of skills required for certain fields of work. Employers contributing to the report have suggested that skills such as creativity, critical thinking, cognitive flexibility and emotional intelligence will be even more important in the 2020 workplace than they were in 2015.

"For the new generation workforce, this shift in skill trends reflects the speed of change expected in job roles and the need to adapt, process and effectively communicate new information. The report suggests that social skills will be in higher demand across all industries, and individuals who are resilient, open to learning and development, and positive in their relationships with others are far more likely to be able to ride this wave of change."

Bucks New University offers courses that are designed to mirror the needs of industry and the public sector today and in the future, to give students a head-start in anticipating and meeting the demands of the workplace.

Kath Dunn adds: "Assessments in the form of live briefs, time-constrained assignments and presentations all provide opportunities for students to develop their work readiness. In addition to specially-tailored courses, a diverse range of opportunities including entrepreneurship, volunteering and representing the student body also enable our students to experience problem solving, team work and customer-focus in preparation for the leadership roles they aspire to in the workplace."

The University's nursing and healthcare practice courses enhance students' learning by replicating 'real-life' clinical scenarios in its state-of-the-art simulation laboratories which are set up as hospital wards and operating theatres. An array of other vocational courses including police studies, music production, law and design are further examples of degree programmes with strong links to industry to ensure that graduates develop these essential workplace skills alongside practical and theoretical knowledge.

"Our nursing and policing programmes lead the way in terms of interaction with their industries, through the design of courses, integration of students into work placements, and the opportunity to influence, and be influenced by, industry developments," Kath Dunn commented.

"It's very encouraging to see that many of the skills we help students develop are outlined in the list of top 10 skills for 2020, in the Future of Jobs report. At Bucks New University, we pride ourselves on the academic and personal support that we offer to our diverse community of students. Our aim is to encourage everyone to develop to their full potential and rehearse crucial skills relevant to the modern and future workplace."

Picture: Kath Dunn, Head of Careers at Bucks New University.


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