Without these skills, job seekers find themselves at a disadvantage when entering the workforce. According to a 2019 LinkedIn study, 92% of hiring managers consider durable skills to be just as important as technical skills when evaluating candidates for a job. While specific technical skills are considered “perishable” because of advances in automation and AI, durable skills remain relevant regardless of changes in technology, the job market, or industry. Employees and job seekers who possess them command higher salaries. And as the World Economic Forum reports, durable skills are becoming “a kind of career insurance.”
While there are many durable skills, we’ve chosen to focus on the ability to be a self-starter, solve problems, and communicate clearly as some of the most important qualities that will set your teen apart from the crowd. By developing durable skills, your teen will be well-equipped to face the challenges of an ever-evolving job market.