While 62 percent of Gen Z saythat hard skills have changed faster than ever and are moreimportant than soft skills, L&D leaders believe that softskills are more important. (Photo: iStock)

As employer and employees alike adapt to the ever-evolving workworld, there's a corresponding shift in needed job skills—and Gen Zers are keen to learn them, according to arecent LinkedIn survey of more than 2,000 workers bornbetween 1995 and 2010, as well as a second survey of 400 learningand HR professionals.

Nearly all (91 percent) of the L&D leaders who responded tothe second survey say that the skills necessary for today'sworkforce have changed, and three-quarters (76 percent) of Gen Zprofessionals agree that the skills necessary in today's workforceare different from the skills necessary in past generations. Infact, the majority (59 percent) of Gen Zers don't feel their job will exist in the same form 20 yearsfrom now.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.