21st Century Skills Equal Work Success

“Young adults who say they ‘often’ developed 21st century skills in their last year of school are more likely to self-report higher work quality.”


A recent survey by Gallop, Microsoft Partners in Learning, and the Pearson Foundation developed a 21st century skills index based on seven specific areas:

  1. Collaboration
  2. Knowledge construction
  3. Skilled communication
  4. Global awareness
  5. Self-regulation
  6. Real-world problem-solving
  7. Technology used in learning

Their findings:

  • “21st century skills prepare and equip youth for the challenges and demands of work in today’s knowledge-based, technology-driven, globalized environment”
  • 52% of those surveyed said they “often” worked on a long-term project that took several classes to complete with only 29% saying they were using what they were learning to develop solutions to a real-world problem during the last year of school

“Developing 21st century skills in the last year of school positively correlates with future work success, but too few students have the opportunity to develop these important skills.”

Did your schooling prepare you for real-world, technology-driven work environments?

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Source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/162818/21st-century-skills-linked-work-success.aspx