Life and Career Skills

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Flexibility and Adaptability


Adapt to Change

  • Adapt to varied roles, jobs responsibilities, schedules and contexts
  • Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities

Be Flexible

  • Incorporate feedback effectively  
  • Deal positively with praise, setbacks and criticism  
  • Understand, negotiate and balance diverse views and beliefs to reach workable solutions, particularly in multicultural environments
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Initiative and Self-direction


Manage Goals and Time

  • Set goals with tangible and intangible success criteria  
  • Balance tactical (short-term) and strategic (long-term) goals  
  • Utilize time and manage workload efficiently

Work Independently

  • Monitor, define, prioritize and complete tasks without direct oversight

Be a Self-directed Learner

  • Go beyond basic mastery of skills and/or curriculum to explore and expand one’s own learning and opportunities to gain expertise  
  • Demonstrate initiative to advance skill levels towards a professional level
  • Demonstrate commitment to learning as a lifelong process  
  • Reflect critically on past experiences in order to inform future progress
Social and Cross Cultural Skills

Social and Cross-Cultural Skills


Interact Effectively with Others

  • Know when it is appropriate to listen and when to speak  
  • Conduct themselves in a respectable, professional manner

Work Effectively in Diverse Teams

  • Respect cultural differences and work effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds  
  • Respond open-mindedly to different ideas and values  
  • Leverage social and cultural differences to create new ideas and increase both innovation and quality of work
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Productivity and Accountability


Manage Projects

  • Set and meet goals, even in the face of obstacles and competing pressures
  • Prioritize, plan and manage work to achieve the intended result

Produce Results

  • Demonstrate additional attributes associated with producing high quality products including the abilities to: 
  • Work positively and ethically
  • Manage time and projects effectively -
  • Multi-task
  • Participate actively, as well as be reliable and punctual
  • Present oneself professionally and with proper etiquette
  • Collaborate and cooperate effectively with teams
  • Respect and appreciate team diversity
  • Be accountable for results
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Leadership and Responsibility


Guide and Lead Others

  • Use interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others toward a goal  
  • Leverage strengths of others to accomplish a common goal  Inspire others to reach their very best via example and selflessness  
  • Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in using influence and power

Be Responsible to Others

  • Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind


Partnership for 21st Century Skills. (2009). Framework for 21st century learning.