Sunday, October 18, 2009


In the article “Rigor Redefined” Tony Wagner explained about how he went to many different people to find out what most companies look for in hiring young employees. He explained that a student needs to learn seven survival skills to make it in life. First and foremost he explained that a student should have critical thinking and problem solving. This means that a student needs to always be thinking about how they can improve their company’s products or services. A student also needs to learn how to ask the right questions. Nest Wagner explained that a student should learn collaboration and leadership. Christie Pedra, a CEO of Siemens, explained that teamwork is no longer just about working well with the people in your building but rather working well with everybody that you work with all around the world. Mike Summers, senior vice president for global technology at Dell, explained that students just out of school lack leadership skills. He says that they lack the ability to influence. Next Wagner explained that students should learn agility and adaptability. He explained that most jobs today will not be around tomorrow so adaptability is very important. The 4th skill that Wagner explained is Initiative and entrepreneurialism. This means a student needs to at least try to do something. Even if you do not think you know how, doing it and failing is better then not trying at all. Next Wagner explained that a student needs to be able to effectively communicate orally and by writing. This means that a student needs to learn to communicate his information. The information you collect is useless unless you can communicate it. Accessing and analyzing information is the next skill Wagner describes. He explained that 21st century employees have to manage a lot of information daily and that a student needs to learn how to process this information correctly. Finally Wagner explains that students should learn curiosity and imagination. He explained that the people have learned to ask great questions are moving up in our environment quickly because they solve the biggest problems. So in conclusion, Wagner researched and found that these are the seven most important skills that a student should have. What are some important skills you think are important to be successful

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