The future labour market is changeable and therefore students need to prepare for a work-life full of changing job assignments, jobs and new inventions that change workflows and job opportunities. To be most qualified to deal with these changes, students must attain new and important competencies. These skills are referred to as 21st-century skills.
SDU's 21st-century skills
SDU’s career guidance has worked systematically to map megatrends and competencies that will characterize the future labour market. The mapping is performed based on reports and best practices from around the world. From this work, essential competencies in the future labour market have been identified and mapped. From this, SDU has selected seven key competencies that we help students master.
The seven competencies are:
1. Receive and give feedback
It is important that SDU’s students can receive feedback and integrate it into their work and process. However, giving feedback is just as important, as you sometimes learn more from giving than receiving. Giving feedback is not just telling about potentials for improvement, but also being able to deliver it to the recipient in a useful way.
2. Identify key problems
SDU’s students must be able to function as intrapreneurs, be innovative and able to identify those challenges the company has not yet taken care of. They must also be able to identify inadequate procedures and workflows for themselves and others and comes up with suggestions for problem-solving.
3. Communicate precisely, both orally and written
Students should expect to change jobs several times during their work life because of development tendencies in the labour market. It is important that they can communicate their competences and know how they can create value within a company. To avoid misunderstandings, they must be able to balance expectations. They should also be aware of the context and be able to communicate different genres to different recipients.
4.Recognize and foresee potential challenges
In a work life with change, processes and projects, being able to look ahead and predict where potential challenges can arise, is an important competency to enable work efficiency and to ensure progress.
5. Being flexible and willing to adapt
People, money, ideas, knowledge and goods are evolving and move faster and easier around the world than ever before. Students must adapt to new work areas and ways of working. They do so by facing challenges and change with a flexible and open mindset to see opportunities rather than restrictions. Taking an active share in development processes and create change yourself is also important.
6. Demonstrate self-management by taking the initiative to prioritize and solve tasks
Students must prepare for a labour market where a leader does not necessarily tell them what to do. Therefore, it is important to have the competence to plan tasks yourself and take the initiative to solve new ones. They must be proactive in terms of spotting and solving new tasks in their own workflow.
We are constantly bombarded with new information and knowledge. Also in the workplace. Therefore, it is important that students learn to evaluate the information they receive, sort it and use the relevant information in their work.
How SDU works with the competencies through career learning
SDU work to make students ready for the reality the will meet in the labour market that awaits them after the university. As the first career guidance in Denmark, we work strategically to incorporate 21st-century career skills into all career offers.
The career centre’s teaching is based on Kolb’s learning cycle, where you work with focused elements such as information, reflection, action and evaluation.
We help students transfer their knowledge and experience from their study to a practice context. The is done, among other things, by working with their experience in CMS teaching, either when they are doing an internship or while they receive mentor coaching. If they are not part of such a process, we always encourage them to go out and test their skills and knowledge in practice.
SDU ensure that career learning activities always interact with our other offers. Therefore, group sessions, webinars, events and counselling always support each other. We help them get an overview and give them the tools to go out and act on the challenges they face.
Much is being done to give students faith in their own abilities, so they can address the challenges they face now and in the future. In the lessons, we train them to reflect on the knowledge they attain, for future use.