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September 14th, 2017

Tony Mackay, a Board Director of the Foundation for Young Australians, states that the future will be dramatically different for young people and the upcoming generation of adults won’t be “earning a living”, they’ll be “learning a living”. With this in mind, how do we prepare our Collegiate students for the future?

A recent study, released by Deloitte, explains that a broad mix of skills is crucial for future business success. While organisations with skilled staff have higher rates of innovation and productivity, we now know that formal qualifications and technical skills are only one requirement for success in the modern workplace. It has been recognised for many years that job success can be attributed to 85% soft skills and 15% hard skills. Soft skills, or 21st century skills as they are also referred to, are becoming increasingly valuable because they are transferable between industries and occupations.

Soft skills such as communication, creativity, teamwork, problem solving, emotional judgement, professional ethics and global citizenship are the new essential for the workplace. At Collegiate, our extensive experiential learning opportunities in activities such as outdoor education, sport, performing arts, debating, coding, and robotics provide the necessary platform for students to develop these essential soft skills.

The Top 10 soft skills are: 

  1. A strong work ethic
  2. A positive attitude
  3. Good communication skills
  4. Problem solving skills
  5. Time management abilities
  6. Accept criticism and learn from it
  7. The ability to work well under pressure
  8. Creativity
  9. Flexibility
  10. Good time management skills