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Help us identify new types of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills that today’s young people might need to succeed in the workplace, and the ways in which they’re being acquired.

As new sectors and technologies emerge, there’s also a need to develop skills beyond those traditionally taught within formal education and training. What are some skills – soft and hard – you have encountered that you think are important for young people to acquire in order to succeed in the workplace?

New training and learning models are also emerging that help people to acquire and sharpen their skills outside of their formal education. We’d love you to share any examples you’ve seen of new and inspiring ways to develop soft or hard skills that are happening beyond the classroom.

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Everyone wins if companies take the time and energy to create a meaningful internship structure.  The intern gains valuable experience and knowledge and the company would likely see a high return on investment.

Everyone wins if companies take the time and energy to create a meaningful internship structure. The intern gains valuable experience and knowledge and the company would likely see a high return on investment.

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Social class affects what and how students are taught.  We should keep this in mind as we assess various techniques for addressing this challenge.

Social class affects what and how students are taught. We should keep this in mind as we assess various techniques for addressing this challenge.

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Provide students with meaningful work and leadership experiences through service opportunities designed specifically for their strengths.

Provide students with meaningful work and leadership experiences through service opportunities designed specifically for their strengths.

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In Indian Education system all the stress is given on remembering the information and not on how much of it is understood by the student. In real life we hardly need to remember these things. All professions can use refferences books or internet.

In Indian Education system all the stress is given on remembering the information and not on how much of it is understood by the student. In real life we hardly need to remember these things. All professions can use refferences books or internet.

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With the current economy, students graduating from college must have some work experience under their belts.  Some universities, like Northeastern, are incorporating internships or volunteering as part of the curriculum.

With the current economy, students graduating from college must have some work experience under their belts. Some universities, like Northeastern, are incorporating internships or volunteering as part of the curriculum.

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Our products give kids the tools to build their own computer programs and get excited about programming as a craft and means to an end.

Our products give kids the tools to build their own computer programs and get excited about programming as a craft and means to an end.

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LearnUp is a real-time job skills training platform that connects job-seekers and employers.

LearnUp is a real-time job skills training platform that connects job-seekers and employers.

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Scratch prepares kids to deal with an overwhelming tech-oriented job market. It is a programming language that breaks code down into small, bite-sized units. Kids piece parts together to create their own games and interactive stories.

Scratch prepares kids to deal with an overwhelming tech-oriented job market. It is a programming language that breaks code down into small, bite-sized units. Kids piece parts together to create their own games and interactive stories.

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San Francisco YouthWorks is a unique high school internship program that provides youth with paid work experience in city departments to develop their readiness for work and promote interest in public service careers.

San Francisco YouthWorks is a unique high school internship program that provides youth with paid work experience in city departments to develop their readiness for work and promote interest in public service careers.

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During the Great Depression in the 1930s in the US, President Roosevelt initiated measures to counteract escalating unemployment.  Among these were public works projects, rural development, and stimulus for manufacturing.

During the Great Depression in the 1930s in the US, President Roosevelt initiated measures to counteract escalating unemployment. Among these were public works projects, rural development, and stimulus for manufacturing.

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Time management skills help up-and-comers do more than just organize their daily activities. Young people can understand their own goals, take control of their time and clearly visualize the progress they've made. Tools like RescueTime can help.

Time management skills help up-and-comers do more than just organize their daily activities. Young people can understand their own goals, take control of their time and clearly visualize the progress they've made. Tools like RescueTime can help.

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Having the right skills for the job is essential but does traditional education is sufficient enough providing the skills you will need?

Having the right skills for the job is essential but does traditional education is sufficient enough providing the skills you will need?

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With iTunes U, Khan Academy, StraighterLine, Udacity and Coursera, higher education is democratized. But there are still something special about colleges education.

With iTunes U, Khan Academy, StraighterLine, Udacity and Coursera, higher education is democratized. But there are still something special about colleges education.

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"In the unpredictable, challenging, dynamic wilderness environment, our participants learn five key principles—practice leadership, lead from everywhere, behave well, keep calm, and disconnect to connect—that apply directly to today’s business world"

"In the unpredictable, challenging, dynamic wilderness environment, our participants learn five key principles—practice leadership, lead from everywhere, behave well, keep calm, and disconnect to connect—that apply directly to today’s business world"

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