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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s