Empathy a Highly Valued Commodity

The Number One Job Skill in 2020 (a comment)


How do they know what crucial career strength employers everywhere will be seeking now and even more so by the year 2020?   George Anders says  that we can work it out by studying this list of fast-growing occupations.  They were compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Sports coaches and fitness trainers. Massage therapists, registered nurses and physical therapists. School psychologists, music tutors, preschool teachers and speech-language pathologists. Personal financial planners, chauffeurs and private detectives. These are among the fields expected to employ at least 20% more people in the U.S. by 2020.

Anders has extracted a common thread from these job catagories and claims it is empathy.

He says that there is no substitute for the magic of a face-to-face interaction with someone else who cares. I agree!
Kittens Online Jigsaw Puzzle

No matter how technologically proficient and well able students are to self-educate; (or in others words no matter how technoheutagogical they are) there is still a need for the emotional richness of a real conversation with a real person.

This stood out for me when I completed assessment for an online course on Canvas called Creating Quality Online Instruction.  The course was good, I enjoyed it and got a lot out of the writing process. I wrote a course which I will soon launch online.

However the highlight of the course for me was when the lecturer recorded her comments about my assessment an uploaded her spoken words.  It was at this stage that I thought Ahh! There is really someone there.  I felt affirmed.

Anders says:

The more time we spend in the efficient but somewhat soulless world of digital connectivity, the more we will cherish a little banter with wait-staff and bartenders who know us by name. We will pay extra to mingle with other people who can keep the timeless art of conversation alive.

I agree with the article whole heartedly and would draw your attention to this explanation of Jacobs Process and this account of the way Jacobs Educates for Compassion and Empathy.


4 thoughts on “Empathy a Highly Valued Commodity

  1. N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ

    “In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” ~Eric Hoffer

    Excellent post. Jo, you are ahead of the curve, so much so that perhaps many have yet to appreciate the concept of your blog. As I read your posts I am reminded of the video below. I feel encouraged that we, as a society, may be headed in the ‘right’ direction, and finally, after thousands of years of devaluing what is vital for our survival, things appear to be changing. If you haven’t already read it, I think you’d like “A Whole New Mind”, by Dan Pink. The video below has excerpts from Pink’s book.

    “As teachers, we should not only be preparing students for the world that is, but the world that will be.”

  2. Jo Murphy Post author

    Hi Thanks for this. I am not game to open the video as I am close to my 14 Gigs limit! When I go to town tomorrow I will watch the move I am interested in both writers. I have heard of both and not read either. I will be at the library so I will see what I can scrounge up.
    I write reviews so will post some on the Artists Critique. Thanks for the support, and the time it took to post this.

  3. Gayle Crisp

    Hi Jo..congrats on the book. The human abiltity to connect and make sense together of the living experience is one of the many wonders of the world…It is the very place where we live richly and feel like we matter and belong to something. It the place from where goodness emerges into our daily lives and from where we move forward. The arts have always offered this…When we are together in art, in a dance, in a video…meeting, exploring, questioning reocgnising, and resonating, there we are energised and alive!


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