Fuzzy nature of Skills and the challenges
Skills is the most important resource of human beings, organizations and nations. Every individual, organization and nation desires to nurture and capitalize on skills.
Skills is fuzzy. There are no clear definitions of what it means. And different people use different words or phrases such as talent and competency.
Skills is thus expressed and used in different contexts differently. We could get to semantic issues on whether something is a skills at all or not. Should knowledge of science be considered a skill? Should experience in a particular industry be considered a skill?
Then there are other issues. And this pertains to language. There are issues of synonyms, acronyms and contextual references. When all these problems are profound. Take the realm of jobs. Ultimately the activity is of matching right job seeker with the right job. What if same things are referred by the job provider and job seeker differently. Skills is also an expanding area. New skills (tools, activities, certifications, etc.) keep emerging. Surely the pace of such emergence is far higher than ever before and is also increasing.
What to do?
We need a simple dynamic skills taxonomy. The need is very important to better capitalize on the most vital human resource – skills. The skills taxonomy should be shared and used by anyone and everyone – individuals, organization and governments. The more it is used, the richer it will become and thus more useful. We also need to focus on “skills profile” and not just “skills”. And this skills profile should be one all inclusive aspects on talent or competency or skills.
Skills Taxonomy:-What’s been done?
It’s Your Skills has created the most comprehensive Skills Taxonomy. It calls the Skills Library for easier understanding. The Skills Taxonomy is based on a Skills Profile framework which includes skills in tools & technologies, activities and roles, certification, knowledge in principles and concepts, domain experience. The Skills have been collected through research in different functions and industries and they have been classified horizontally and vertically. The Skills taxonomy covers facets on synonyms, acronyms and contextual references of skills. The Skills Taxonomy is a work in progress with the mission to keep enriching it. The task will never reach an end point though.
Related: Need for a common universal skill structure
Ramu is founder of It's Your Skills. Feels he has been fortunate to have had education in engineering and human resources and experience in non-IT and IT industries. They have helped him evolve an all round perspective on the talent space.