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

As employer and employees alike adapt to the ever-evolving work world, there’s a corresponding shift in needed job skills—and Gen Zers are keen to learn them, according to a recent LinkedIn survey of more than 2,000 workers born between 1995 and 2010, as well as a second survey of 400 learning and HR professionals.

Nearly all (91 percent) of the L&D leaders who responded to the second survey say that the skills necessary for today’s workforce have changed, and three-quarters (76 percent) of Gen Z professionals agree that the skills necessary in today’s workforce are different from the skills necessary in past generations. In fact, the majority (59 percent) of Gen Zers don’t feel their job will exist in the same form 20 years from 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.

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