Skills today are very diverse, and very versatile. Twenty years ago, there wasn’t a profession called surgical technology, nor was there anything to come out of a combination like biology and religious studies. In contrast, anything is possible in today’s term. If fact, unconventional combination and wide interest today are going to lead to better employability or entrepreneurship, if anything. That is provided, of course, that you are good at it.

One would have thought that this further specification and diversification of skills will mean more candidates in the job market to fill vacancies. However, the truth opposes that. As the economy recovers from the economic crises observed in the last century and the last decade, countries are putting more vacancies on offer. Unfortunately the output from education are not satisfying that demand. There is a growing skills gap in the market and this is as frustrating for the employers as it is for the job seekers.

Talent Mismatch Index 2015

Talent Mismatch Index 2015 | Full report at http://www.hays-index.com/introduction/

In Hays Global Skills Index 2015, the gap remains alarming. Countries like Spain, the United States have a whopping score of 10/10, with United Kingdom and Japan following closely at 9.5 and 9.6 respectively. This stands to mean that the high numbers in both long term vacancies and unemployed individuals persist.

What now? I hear you ask.

Well, the skills in demand are changing so rapidly that what they teach in schools are not keeping up. You can come out from college after 4 years of studies, only to realise that your major is not on the list anymore. However, if you have the foresight to enrich yourself with other skills during your time at school, or before you are deemed archaic, this is going to dramatically change things around. Regardless of what is on your certificate, your department wants people who can do the job; the employers are looking for candidates who have the skilled they are looking for. If you reach beyond your existing profession, you are going to benefit tremendously from the extra effort you put in.

The internet is filled with resources, and there are numerous agencies out there that can address your learning concerns on a tailor fit level. All it takes is the determination to start, and an extra 5 – 10hours a week for a few months. Why not start learning that designing software that you have always heard about, or begin your Statistics 101?