Life and Career Skills

Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills.

Flexibility and Adaptability

Adapt to Change
  • Adapt to varied roles, jobs responsibilities, schedules and context
  • Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities
Be Flexible
  • Incorporate feedback effectively
  • Deal positively with praise, setbacks and criticism
  • Understand, negotiate and balance diverse views and beliefs to reach workable solutions, particularly in multi-cultural environments

Initiative and Self-Direction

Manage Goals and Time
  • Set goals with tangible and intangible success criteria
  • Balance tactical (short-term) and strategic (long-term) goals
  • Utilize time and manage workload efficiently
Work Independently
  • Monitor, define, prioritize and complete tasks without direct oversight
Be Self-directed Learners
  • Go beyond basic mastery of skills and/or curriculum to explore and expand one’s own learning and opportunities to gain expertise
  • Demonstrate initiative to advance skill levels towards a professional level
  • Demonstrate commitment to learning as a lifelong process
  • Reflect critically on past experiences in order to inform future progress

Social and Cross-Cultural Skills

Interact Effectively with Others

  • Know when it is appropriate to listen and when to speak
  • Conduct themselves in a respectable, professional manner
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
  • Respect cultural differences and work effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds
  • Respond open-mindedly to different ideas and values
  • Leverage social and cultural differences to create new ideas and increase both innovation and quality of work

Productivity and Accountability 

Manage Projects
  • Set and meet goals, even in the face of obstacles and competing pressure
  • Prioritize, plan and manage work to achieve the intended result
Produce Results
  • Demonstrate additional attributes associated with producing high quality products including the abilities to:
-    Work positively and ethically
-    Manage time and projects effectively
-    Multi-task
-    Participate actively, as well as be reliable and punctual
-    Present oneself professionally and with proper etiquette
-    Collaborate and cooperate effectively with teams
-    Respect and appreciate team diversity
-    Be accountable for results

Leadership and Responsibility

Guide and Lead Others
  • Use interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others toward a goal
  • Leverage strengths of others to accomplish a common goal
  • Inspire others to reach their very best via example and selflessnes
  • Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in using influence and power
Be Responsible to Others
  • Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind
From the 21st Century Learning Partnership