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Communication and ICT Are The Key Skills For Asian Youth In The Job Market

Jul 17, 2016

Communication, technical and ICT are the key skills for the Asian youth in order to compete in the job market, according to a recent poll from Asian Development Bank. The poll adds to the on-going debate on the future of employment and education.

There is a growing concern about the rapidly changing nature of the job market. Many experts question the capacity of the current education system in preparing young people for the future job market.

The poll, conducted among the readers of ADB blog, asked people what skill [s] they think are critical for the young people in Asia in order to better prepare them for the job market. A 38% of those participated in the poll said communication and language skill is critical for today’s job market while 22% and 20%, accordingly, said technical and ICT skills are among the most important skills for the young Asians.

There are 754 million young people in Asia. Today’s job market is way more competitive and employers are way more demanding. In order to secure a meaningful career and do work that one loves, young people of Asia need to prepare themselves with the on-demand skills and knowledge.

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Ruhul Kader is a technology and business analyst based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, technology policy, and society. He can be reached at

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