Education may be the passport to the future, but for all the good teaching out there, it would seem that schools are failing to impart some of the most important life skills.
There are seven core competencies every child needs in order to survive in the coming world of work.
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
Companies need to be able to continuously improve products, processes and services in order to compete. And to do this they need workers to have critical thinking skills and to be able to ask the right questions to get to the bottom of a problem.
Collaboration across Networks and Leading by Influence
Given the interconnected nature of the business world, leadership skills and the ability to influence and work together as a team has become increasingly important and the key to becoming an effective leader.
Agility and Adaptability
The ability to adapt and pick up new skills quickly is vital for success: workers must be able to use a range of tools to solve a problem. This is also known as "learnability", a sought-after skill among job candidates.
Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
There is no harm in trying: often people and businesses suffer from a tendency to be risk-averse. It is better to try 10 things and succeed in eight than it is to try five and succeed in all of them.
Effective Oral and Written Communication
Recruits’ fuzzy thinking and inability to articulate their thoughts were common complaints from business leaders. This isn’t so much about young people’s ability to use grammar and punctuation correctly, or to spell, but how to communicate clearly verbally, in writing or while presenting. If you have great ideas but you can’t communicate them, then you’re lost.
Accessing and Analysing Information
Many employees have to deal with an immense amount of information on a daily basis: the ability to sift through it and pull out what is relevant is a challenge. Particularly given how rapidly the information can change.
Curiosity and Imagination
Curiosity and imagination are what drive innovation and are the key to problem solving. We’re all born curious, creative and imaginative. The average four-year-old asks a hundred questions a day. But by the time that child is ten years old he or she is much more likely to be concerned with getting the right answers for school than with asking good questions.
At Cheery Robot, we prepare the kids and teens of today for the fast changing world of tomorrow!
Cheery Robot teaches kids & teens computer science, coding, robotics and other valuable skills while having loads of fun in a collaborative and immersive way.