A shift has occurred in the skills companies are looking for in the workforce. Amy Wright, managing partner of IBM Talent & Transformation discusses in this interview that there has been a shift in the types of skills executives are looking for in the workforce. "There has been a shift from STEM skills to behavior skills like adaptability, flexibility, and time management." She goes on to say that these aren't skills that can be learned "solely in the classroom, but the are learned from interacting with people."
Hot digity! Once again, reports like this reiterate the value of Project Based Learning in the classroom. PBL's primary function is to teach the content. However, when done well it creates a culture that fosters behavioral skill development. PBL Gold Standard refers to these as Success Skills. It's not just about the 4Cs, PBL creates an opportunity for students to work collaboratively by navigating team dynamics. PBL mimics a workplace environment and offers students a chance to learn, apply, and develop the behavior skills necessary to become college and career ready. Students who work in a PBL environment graduate with the skills necessary to fill the jobs these executives are looking for.
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