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21st Century Skills

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Generating effective collaboration and communication are the qualities desired and lacking for modern day engineering companies. Being able to showcase your talents and sale your product to customers is the key to success in the engineering industry.

Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace. To prepare our students, lessons must go beyond the three R's and foster 21st century skills. The skills of the American people are crucial to U.S. competitiveness. To compete as a nation, there is a demand for a fresh approach to public education. 21st century education is the bedrock of competitiveness. Reasons why we need to act now:1.) Fundamental changes in the economy, jobs, and businesses- Our economy is no longer based on manufacturing. It has shifted to a service economy that is driven by information, knowledge, and innovation.2.) New and different skill demands- Jobs require more educated workers with the ability to respond flexibly, manage information, work in teams, and produce new knowledge. 3.) Two achievement gaps-For the past decade, the U.S. has focused nationally on closing the achievement gaps between the lowest-and highest-performing students. This is a legitimate agenda, but it skirts the competitive demand for advanced skills. Equally important is the global achievement gap between U.S. students and their international peers in competitor nations.What we need to do:The nation needs to do a much better job teaching and measuring advanced, 21st century skills that are indispensible currency for participation, achievement, and competitiveness in the global economy. All Americans need 21st century skills that will increase their marketability, employability, and readiness for citizenship. There are six elements for fostering 21st century leanrning (see graphic above).1. EMPHASIZE CORE SUBJECTSKnowledge and skills are based on these subjects: English, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics, government, economics, arts, history, and geography. 2. LEARNING & THINKING SKILLSStudents need to know the core subjects, but need to know how to keep learning throughout their lives. These skills compromise broad categories:a.) information & communication b.) critical thinking & problem-solving c.) interpersonal & self-directionald.) creative & collaborative3. ICT LITERACY(Information and Communication Technologies)In a digital world, students must use technology. Tools such as: spreadsheets, word processing, e-mail, Internet search tools, and collaboration tools.4. LIFE SKILLSStudents need to learn academic content through real-world and authentic examples.5. 21st CENTURY CONTENTThree content areas critical for success:a.) global awarenessb.) financial, economic, and business literacy c.) civic literacy6. 21st CENTURY ASSESSMENTThere needs to be high quality standardized tests to measure performance of the above aforementioned elements.We must prepare students, workers, and citizens to triump in the global race!ReferencesEF Explore America (Producer). (2012, March 15). What is 21st century education? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ax5cNlutAys&feature=youtu.bePartnership for 21st Century Skills. Learning for the 21st Century. Retrieved from https://polylearn.calpoly.edu/AY_2014-2015/mod/folder/view.php?id=307655Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2008). 21st Century Skills, Education, & Competitiveness. Retrieved from https://polylearn.calpoly.edu/AY_2014-2015/mod/folder/view.php?id=307655

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Engineering Perspective

Millennials entering the work force need to show professionalism through formal communication, manners, work ethic, and basic technological skills. Currently, a general lack of professionalism is prevalent and additional training is required for social skills for young workers (ages 18-24). In addition, their involvement in social media has had a negative effect on the work environment.

Desired Skills for the Millennial Work Force

Skill Deficits of the Millennial Workforce

Sales Perspective

In the hospitality industry, managers desire employees that have great communication skills and take initiative. Because this is a customer service industry, guests need to be catered to and informed of what is happening. If the menu, activities, etc. are not communicated effectively, guests get upset! According to Kelly Wangard, Executive Chef and Inn Manager at Summerwood Winery, applicants seem to lack the ability to take initative and actively listen. To have repeat customers and great reviews in the hospitality industry, guest need to be heard and taken care of.

Millennials entering the work force need to have professionalism, business skills, technology skills, and knowledge of current trends. They are often lacking formal writing skills, in person communication skills, and commitment to the job.


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