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A skill is the ability to carry out a task with determined results often within a given amount of time, energy, or both. Skills can often be divided into domain-general and domain-specific skills. -wikipedia

Skills are the expertise or talent needed in order to do a job or task. Job skills allow you to do a particular job and life skills help you through everyday tasks. There are many different types of skills that can help you succeed at all aspects of your life whether it’s school, work, or even a sport or hobby. Skills are what makes you confident and independent in life and are essential for success. It might take determination and practice, but almost any skill can be learned or improved. Set yourself realistic expectations and goals, get organized and get learning.

Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.

John Ruskin
English critic of art, architecture, and society

Tis skill, not strength, that governs a ship.

Thomas Fuller
British scholar, preacher, and one of the most witty and prolific authors of the 17th century

21st Century Skills

Learning & Innovation Skills

Learning & Innovation Skills

To adapt, grow and innovate in a work environment.

Literacy Skills

Literacy Skills

To understand, perform and improve a job task

Career & Life Skills

Career & Life Skills

To learn continuously at personal and professional level

Learning & Innovation Skills

Creative Thinking & Problem Solving

Finding solutions to problems

Creativity & Innovation

Thinking outside the box

Communication & Collaboration

Interacting with others

Literacy Skills

Information Literacy

Understanding facts, figures, statistics, and data

Media literacy

Understanding the methods and outlets in which information is published

Information & Communication Technologies Literacy

Understanding the machines that make the Information Age possible

Career & Life Skills

Flexibility & Adaptability

Deviating from plans as needed

Initiative & Leadership

Starting projects, strategies, and plans on one’s own

Social and Cross-Cultural Interaction

Meeting and networking with others for mutual benefit

Productivity & Accountability

Maintaining efficiency in an age of distractions


National Research Council


Cognitive Competencies

Intrapersonal Competencies

Interpersonal Competencies

Cognitive Competencies

Cognitive processes and strategies

Critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, reasoning and argumentation, interpretation, decision-making, adaptive learning


Information literacy, ICT literacy, oral and written communication, and active listening


Creativity and innovation

Intrapersonal Competencies

Intellectual openness

Flexibility, adaptability, artistic and cultural appreciation, personal and social responsibility, appreciation for diversity, adaptability, continuous learning, intellectual interest and curiosity

Work ethic/conscientiousness

Initiative, self-direction, responsibility, perseverance, grit, career orientation, ethics, integrity, citizenship

Positive core self-evaluation

Self monitoring, self evaluation, self reinforcement, physical and psychological health

Cognitive Competencies

Teamwork and collaboration

Communication, collaboration, cooperation, teamwork, coordination, interpersonal skills


Responsibility, assertive communication, self presentation, social influence with others


World Economic Form


Foundation Literacies


Character Qualities

Foundation Literacies

Literacy and numeracy

Scientific literacy

ICT literacy

Financial literacy

Cultural literacy

Civic literacy


Critical thinking/problem solving



Character Qualities







Social and cultural awareness

Skills to be Career Ready

Common Core Standard


Cogent Reasoning

Evidence Collection



Work Place Requirements

Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)


Fundamental Skills

Workplace Competencies

Fundamental Skills

Basic Skills

Reading, writing, performing arithmetic and mathematical operations, listening and speaking.

Thinking Skills

Creative thinking, problem-solving, visualizing, learning and reasoning

Personal Qualities

Display of responsibility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, and integrity and honesty

Workplace Competencies


Identification, organization, planning, and allocation of resources


Working with others (participating as member of a team, teaching others new skills, serving clients/customers, exercising leadership, negotiating, works with diversity)


Acquiring and using information (acquiring and evaluating, organizing and maintaining, and interpreting and communicating information; using computers to process information)


Understanding complex inter-relationships (understanding systems, monitoring and correcting performances, improving or designing systems)


Working with a variety of technologies (selecting technology, applying technology to task, maintaining and troubleshooting equipment)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Proficiencies

Educational Testing Service (ETS)


Cognitive Proficiency

Technical Proficiency

ICT Proficiency