Future skills framework for sustainable development of Thai citizens across all age groups

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Jaitip Na-songkhla
Siridej Sujiva


Thailand is facing changes similar to the global society, whether it is environmental changes, societal shifts, or technological advancements that are altering the way people live. This has resulted in a lack of essential life and work skills. Therefore, the aim of this research is to develop a future skills framework necessary for Thai citizens of all age groups, including 1) early childhood and youth, 2) pre-working age, 3) working-age adults, and 4) older adults. The data sources comprised 1) research articles and academic papers in English from the SCOPUS and Google Scholar databases published between the years 2011 and 2022, and 2) details about the management of learning new skills teaching through popular private sector learning platforms in Thailand. The informants were nine experts on the future skills for Thai citizens, selected through purposive sampling. The research instrument used was a questionnaire related to the necessary future skills for Thai citizens across all age groups. Data analysis was conducted using content analysis. It was found that there were 79 future skills applicable to all Thai citizens. These future skills can be categorized into six groups: 1) Future-oriented Leadership, 2) High-performance Productivity, 3) Leadership and Communication, 4) Self-awareness, Emotions, and Social Skills, 5) Personal Smart Living, and 6) Sustainability Skills. Additionally, there were 36 necessary skills for early childhood and youth, 34 skills for the pre-working age, 71 skills for the working age, and 18 skills for the elderly. The developed framework of future skills for all Thai citizens can serve as guidelines to enhance the skills of Thai citizens, enabling them to work effectively in the present and gain a competitive advantage in the job market.


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