What are 21st Century Soft Skills?

what are 21st Century Soft Skills

With the onset of the 21st century, the entire world has witnessed an era of intense transformation in all areas, whether it is education, global trade, and economy, technology, or society. Recently, the covid-19 pandemic is also throwing up challenges for an individual to cope with its impacts. Naturally, for such times, a different skill set is required that would enable an individual to cope up and succeed in facing the challenges in real-life of this century, leading to his holistic progress. These skills are addressed as 21st Century Soft Skills

21st-century soft skills can be broadly classified into three main categories – 

  • Learning Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Life Skills

Learning skills are the skills required for the acquisition of new knowledge. These are ‘Critical Thinking’, ‘Creative Thinking’, ‘Collaboration’ and ‘Communication’ skills. 

Literacy skills are the skills that help in creating and gaining new knowledge and abilities through reading, media, and digital resources. These are ‘Information Literacy’, ‘Media Literacy’, ‘Technology Literacy’ and ‘Financial Literacy’.

Life skills are the skills required for successfully leading everyday life in this century. These are  ‘Flexibility’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Initiative’, ‘Productivity’ and ‘Social skills’. 

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