What is a 21st Century Skillset?

1. CRITICAL THINKING

Critical thinking refers to the students' ability to analyze, interpret, evaluate, make decisions and solve problems.
Good critical thinkers can draw reasonable conclusions from a set of information and discriminate between useful and less useful details to solve problems or make decisions.

Why Do Employers Value Critical Thinking Skills?

Employers want job candidates who can evaluate a situation using logical thought and offer the best solution. Somebody with basic reasoning abilities can be trusted to settle on choices freely and won’t require constant handholding. Critical thinking abilities are among the most sought-after skills in almost every industry and workplace.

2. CREATIVITY:

Creativity is often described as the pursuit of new ideas, concepts, or products that meet a need in the world. Creativity isn’t just limited to artists or writers today, but rather workers who can dissect the issues from different perspectives and lenses and, in accordance, come up with innovative solutions that we may not have considered before.

Why is Creativity considered an important soft skill?

“ Employers are moving away from looking for compliance, to looking for creativity” David Cameron, Education Consultant.

Organizations today operate in a highly competitive, global environment, making creativity crucial. Creativity fuels big ideas, challenges employees’ thinking and opens the door to new business opportunities.

3. COLLABORATION:

Although “collaboration” has become a bit of a corporate buzzword, that doesn’t mean that it’s an empty cliché. On the contrary, collaboration in the workplace is what makes teamwork successful. It’s really that simple. Collaboration in a 21st-century setting requires the capacity to work in groups, gain from and add to the learning of others, use social networking skills, and demonstrate empathy.

Why is collaboration considered a must-have skill?

The workforces of the future (and surprisingly our current day) are globalizing because of the Internet. An organization’s colleagues are currently spread across the world, but they consistently meet and work with one another. The ability to collaborate and communicate in these situations is essential.

4. COMMUNICATION:

Communication is the practice of conveying ideas quickly and clearly. In the age of text-based communications — SMS, emails, social media, etc. — it’s never been more important for people to learn how to convey their thoughts in a way that others can understand them. Effective communication includes minimizing tangents, speaking directly to an idea, and checking other participants to make sure they’re engaged.

Top Things Recruiters Look for in Communication Skills

Recruiters look for various communications skills to ensure the hired candidate can perform all necessary tasks and communicate in multiple environments. 60% of employers noted in a recent survey that many applicants lack the communication and interpersonal skills needed to thrive in the workplace, and 44% noted in another survey that those same skills are the biggest skill gap they want to close.

How Do the Four C’s Work Together?

How can technology assist in implementing these?

The knowledge-digital era is demanding people with higher-order thinking skills: the ability to think logically and to solve well-defined problems by identifying and describing the problem, critically analyzing the information available or creating the knowledge required, formulating creative solutions, and taking action. Technology allows for 24/7 access to information, constant social interaction, and easily created and shared digital content. In this setting, educators can leverage technology to create an engaging and personalized environment to meet the emerging educational needs of this generation.

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