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The 10 Skills That Will Get You Hired in 2020

Admin ADC - Saturday, October 22, 2016

The job market is constantly evolving and savvy workers need to continue to grow their skills to keep up.  In a recent article for Time Magazine about the most desirable job skills Lydia Frank, editorial director of PayScale.com had this advice, “You can’t remain stagnant. You always want to be learning something new; you always want to be advancing.” But which skills should you be focussing on? A recent study by the World Economic Forum found that the top 10 most wanted skills for 21st century jobs are:
 
  1. Cognitive Flexibility
  2. Negotiation
  3. Service Orientation
  4. Judgement and Decision making
  5. Emotional Intelligence
  6. Co-ordinating with Others
  7. People Management
  8. Creativity
  9. Critical Thinking
  10. Complex Problem Solving

With the vast array of information available to businesses today, many companies are looking for people who can manage and interpret large, complex sets of data. There is also a need for people who understand how day-to-day business affects the bottom line and how to ask the big picture questions. In every field and every market, there is a critical need for leaders who can navigate change and make clear decisions while managing their teams. 

This is great news for students in Trinity Western University’s Bachelor of Arts in Leadership degree program. Through a combination of classroom lectures and real life project application TWU’s BA in Leadership students learn how to motivate colleagues, work well in team environments, mobilize others, manage conflict, achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness, and lead authentically.  

As part of the university’s extension program leadership students can finish their degree by going to class one night a week or complete their coursework online. If you’re ready to finish your degree or see where a new set of skills could take you, contact a program advisor or attend one of our information sessions to learn more.

Working Mother of 12 Completes Her BA and MA at TWU

Admin ADC - Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Hyne-Ju Huizenga at TWU Adult Degree Completion Program

“My mother has been forever asking, ‘Are you ever going to go back to finish your degree?’” says Hyne-Ju Huizenga (’15). Hyne-Ju began pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Education on scholarship at Simon Fraser University in 1984 but soon, kids and work became priority.

The mom of 12—yes, 12 children—Hyne-Ju kept replaying her mother’s words and decided to investigate Trinity Western. She knew that TWU offered a Christian education for undergrads fresh out of high school, but wasn’t sure the University offered anything for adults. Fortunately, her search proved rewarding.

“I was so happy to discover that TWU offered a degree completion program,” she says. The program’s six-week cohort system, and the fact that she could get complete her degree in one night a week, appealed to her.

TWU Adult Degree Completion featuring Hyne-Ju Huizenga
Hyne-Ju (centre) listens attentively during an MA in Leadership class in Richmond.

Trinity Western’s degree completion program offers students the opportunity to graduate with a BA in Leadership. For Hyne-Ju, the idea of a degree in leadership was revolutionary. “I couldn’t believe how applicable it was to my personal life, my career, and my relationships,” says the 2015 graduate. “The instruction I’ve received here is like none other I’ve experienced.”

The confidence she gained with her BA in Leadership spurred her on to enroll in TWU’s Master of Arts in Leadership program in Richmond. Her flexible schedule as a restaurant manager allows her to pursue full-time studies. As well, the Vancouver resident benefits greatly from the shorter commute to TWU Richmond. “The facility is beautiful. I really appreciate the face-to-face-instruction and the small class sizes,” says Hyne-Ju.

TWU Richmond was established for that very purpose, says Phillip Laird, Ph.D., TWU Vice Provost. “It provides learners with an urban learning setting close to downtown Vancouver,” he says. “The Richmond site complements TWU Langley's rural University context and provides an international, adult, and graduate learning environment to inspire the hearts and minds of future generations of learners.”

Hyne-Ju is already making plans to pursue her Ph.D.. “I think in life you have lots of loose ends, lots of loose threads,” she says. “TWU and the community here helped me tie those up.”