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ERIC Number: ED538741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May-29
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Future Skills. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
Most of the occupations for which students need to be prepared have not yet been designed, however, it is acknowledged that the majority of employment will be in service related fields. According to the research, the jobs most people will perform will only exist for three to five years, therefore, training for a specific job is not what is important. What will be critical for them to have is a common skills set that will allow them to be qualified for subsequent lifelong employment. Those necessary skills are: being adaptable, multitasking, making decisions, using different types of techniques to problem solve, participating in the community, having flexibility, being aware of and respecting diversity, working as a valuable member of a team, having strong interpersonal skills, being aware of the global community, speaking and communicating well in English, using numbers appropriately, and thinking critically. Having strong literacy skills was continuously referenced in the research, yet in more than just the areas of reading and mathematics. According to enGauge, in agreement with other reports and findings, there are four general areas in which the future work force will need skills: Digital, Inventive Thinking, Effective Communication and High Productivity. (Contains 10 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)