In our fast changing world, the societal evolutions we experience are well known. Of specific interest to us are the changes affecting our very occupations, the pillars we rely on for our living.

Indeed, most of us can remember a time when a job title seem self-sufficient. Obviously, a certain degree of variability still existed depending on the specific context surrounding one’s job, hence the existence of a list of tasks to further qualify it.

Nowadays, this is no longer sufficient: in fact, around 50% of current jobs are commonly said to be disappearing. The Sapiens Institute, cited by Horizons Publics lists automatization as a leading cause of such instability while underlining that surviving jobs will experience deep changes.

As a result, the question becomes: how may one try and adapt and in what direction should they look? “Which jobs for tomorrow?”, a report by the French Senate cited by Formation Professionnelle, points to the fields of digital development as well as societal evolutions as nurturing the jobs of the future, which, for about 85% of them, may not currently exist (Pôle Emploi).

Notwithstanding the importance of such areas and this type of approach, perhaps another option would be to abandon the idea of occupations or métiers as such and look beyond, or rather, inside them. This leads us to examine the competencies or skills they call for. In that view, abilities, whether developed at school, in the workplace or during one’s free time, become as important as knowledge, if not more. That might explain why jobs and careers seem less predictable that before: since any given sets of skills may be found among people working in very distinct areas, it would not be surprising for anyone to be seen moving between those areas during a short spell of their career. Going further, A well-known example is that of a man whose proficiency at the video game World of Warcraft, in which he a was a “guild” master having to regularly solve conflicts between people, helped him get a managerial job in a company.

According to Alain Fouché, “the future of workers and training may be based on soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, savoir-faire, collaboration, entrepreneurship and autonomy.” (“Which jobs for tomorrow?” in Formation Professionnelle)

Wouldn’t those be interesting pointers for training recommendations within a career plan?