honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

The Four C's and Your Success - Letter to Students

Happy New Year to everyone. 

I've been reading, cooking, redesigning curriculum, and painting.  While reading I found an article in the January 2012 issue of Chief Learning Officer journal to share with you.  The 2010 American Management Association Critical Skill Survey showed the need for a new set of skills not taught in most schools. These skills are called "The Four C's".  The article showed that a high percentage of new hires are not proficient in these skills. Organizations are now actively looking for these skills in the hiring process. 

Quiz: What do you think the Four C skills might be?

Answer: Here area the Four C skills and how to build them during your time at AIA.

  1. Critical thinking and problem solving:  the ability to make decisions, solve problems, and to take appropriate actions.
  2. Effective communication: the ability to synthesize and transmit ideas in written, visual, and oral formats.
  3. Collaboration and team-building:  the ability to work effectively with others, including those from diverse groups with opposing points of view.
  4. Creativity and innovation:  the ability to see what's not there, what's in the future, and make something happen.
Based on this professional research data your educational momentum should include building your 4 C competencies.  Here's some ideas on how to work on your 4 C's as you attend your classes.

  1. Engage your critical thinking skills to observe, analyze, and create design solutions that focus on defined problems. Practice this skill in all critiques. 
  2. Use your growing visual and verbal vocabulary to effectively communicate your thoughts in critiques and written assignments.
  3. Use your social skills (as well as skills 1, 2, and 4) to make sure that your team does the best possible job on group assignments. 
  4. Sketch, prototype, and get feedback on your roughs. Explore trends in contemporary design in your field and be confident expressing ideas outside the box.
Actively practicing these skills in all your classes will add up to making you a valued creative team-builder within any organization lucky enough to invite you to join their enterprise.

Combine your technical expertise with the 4 C's to become the most valuable professional when you graduate.


Work Cited

Edwards, David. 2012. "The real education gap". Chief Learning Officer Magazine. January 2012
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