ASEAN youths place soft skills over STEM

Emerging technology and relentless changes in labour markets have forced young people in Southeast Asia to constantly upgrade their skills, research released yesterday by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Singaporean-based internet company Sea has revealed.

The survey of some 56,000 respondents aged from 15 to 36 from six ASEAN countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Việt Nam shows their awareness of potential disruptions and challenges the Fourth Industrial Revolution might pose to their future employment opportunities.

While only 9 per cent of them think their current skills are already outdated, more than 52 per cent say they have to persistently upskill.

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