Critical skills for innovative jobs

According with the work Educating higher education students for innovative economies: what international data tell us, the critical skills for the most innovative jobs are:

1. Come with news ideas/solutions
2. Willingness to question ideas
3. Present ideas in audience
4. Alertness to opportunities
5. Analytical thinking
6. Coordinate activities
7. Acquire new knowledge
8. Mobilise capacities of others
9. Make your meaning clear
10. Master of your own field

“Design thinking has inspired various tertiary education institutions and programmes in the world, be they degree-granting or not. Examples include the d.school at Stanford University (United States), the design factory at Aalto University (Finland), the i-school at Tokyo University (Japan), or the Master’s in innovation, design, entrepreneurship and arts (IDEA) at EMLyon business school and Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France), the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore (India). Numerous other innovative initiatives try to develop all sets of skills for innovation by rethinking their teaching and make sure that students can get deeper and broader learning.”
“Given these developments and the skills needs of economies driven by innovation, a research agenda for the higher education community is to evaluate whether these programmes actually manage to develop a broader mix of skills for innovation and whether their graduates end up in highly innovative jobs….”
“… While the Bologna process has already led to a certain shift towards more skills-based approaches to higher education programmes, a new challenge is to remould the disciplinary culture of the faculties that remains predominant in higher education into a skillsbased culture.”