FULL LIST OF SOFT SKILLS

Recent research shows that soft skills can have a greater impact on an individual’s employment, earnings, and overall well-being than job-specific technical skills. In fact, employers globally report difficulty filling jobs because new recruits often lack soft skills. According to Child Trends, soft skills include “competencies, behaviors, attitudes and personal qualities that enable people to effectively navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals.” Researchers, educators and youth development practitioners use varying frameworks to classify the ‘most important’ soft skills. This is demonstrated by the multitude of names often considered synonymous with soft skills, including: non-cognitive, workforce readiness, life, behavioral, and 21st century skills (among others). Examples of the most valuable types of soft skills to youth and adult success are: social skills, communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking, self-control, and positive self-concept.

 

Tell Me a Story: A Tool for Youth Skills Development and Violence Prevention

IREX, FHI 360

In Tunisia, IREX and FHI 360 are engaging youth in storytelling as a means for building empathy, a key cross-sectoral soft skill proven to support violence prevention.

Resource Type: 
Presentation

Youth Economic Opportunities and Violence in Central America

Making Cents International, International Development Research Centre, National Scientific & Technical Research Council, FLASCO Costa Rica, Fundacion Salvador del Mundo (FUSALMO)

 

Resource Type: 
Presentation

YouthLead Photo Contest

YouthLead

ABOUT THE YOUTHLEAD PHOTO CONTEST

Showcase your work globally! This photo contest provides you, as a young changemaker, a global platform to show the impact of your changemaking activities. We will award ten prizes to the best photos that demonstrate how your work creates a positive impact in your community. 

We are looking for creative and high-quality photos that tell a powerful story of how you are achieving impact in your community, however you define that community—your neighborhood, your district, your school or university, your country….or the planet.

World Bank and UNICEF Partner to Promote Education, Skills and Training for Young People

World Bank, UNICEF

World Bank to invest $1 billion to boost job prospects for young people in alignment with Generation Unlimited

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 – The World Bank and UNICEF announced a new commitment to promote education, skills and training for young people in developing countries with the goal of boosting their employment prospects. 

Building the workforce of the future: Resilient people and places

ORGANIZER: 
Brookings
DATE: 
May 21, 2019 (09:00am to 07:00pm)

Unfilled jobs, low labor force participation, and declining economic mobility suggest education systems are struggling to equip workers with the skills employers demand. In a time of rapid technological change, how can private and public sector leaders join together with the education community to build more resilient people and places?

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