Monthly Archives: April 2015

Top 10 Skills for 21st Century Workers

The top 10 most important skills necessary for success in the workforce while maybe worded a little differently go hand in hand with those that are required for a successful learner. Surely the role of education is to produce students who become successful workers. Even before starting school children are exposed to some of these skills.

Collaboration is the new “in” word. Not only in their own environment but the global world in which they are continually connecting and with it comes a range of communication requirements as well as thinking critically about what they are reading and seeing. Global citizenship requires an awareness of how what they do impacts on others and of course there is a continual need to filter and screen information.

I am already seeing 5 year old children using these skills at their level. Keeping up and ahead of the students we work with also equips us and should keep us searching for as many ways as possible to develop these skills both in education organisations and at home.

The top 10 skills for the 21st century worker, according the visual below by the University of Pheonix, include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability
  • Innovation
  • Global citizenship
  • Productivity and accountability
  • Enterpreneurialism
  • Accessing and synthesizing information


Graphic by University of Phoenix.

Graphic by University of Phoenix.

Helping Kids Resist Unwanted Advertising

As technology changes race forward there are so many aspects we have not necessarily been prepared for. Thank goodness for a fledgling New Zealand company who has recognised the need to support children to be able to resist the advertising that is often directly focused on them.  As children as young as 3 navigate themselves around different devices and apps they are exposed to in-app or opt in purchases and advertising. A little difficult for young kids not to be resist if it is appealing enough.

This Auckland based company wants to train kids to resist different forms of advertising in a positive way. Supported by psychologically based concepts this supports both children and parents. It uses an online solution to teach children strategies for resisting ads and in-app purchases. What a great idea and one that can support kids at home and school both places where they spend the majority of their time. This start up company and what they are doing is worth reading more about.