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.
- Critical thinking and problem solving: the ability to make decisions, solve problems, and to take appropriate actions.
- Effective communication: the ability to synthesize and transmit ideas in written, visual, and oral formats.
- Collaboration and team-building: the ability to work effectively with others, including those from diverse groups with opposing points of view.
- Creativity and innovation: the ability to see what's not there, what's in the future, and make something happen.
- Engage your critical thinking skills to observe, analyze, and create design solutions that focus on defined problems. Practice this skill in all critiques.
- Use your growing visual and verbal vocabulary to effectively communicate your thoughts in critiques and written assignments.
- 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.
- Sketch, prototype, and get feedback on your roughs. Explore trends in contemporary design in your field and be confident expressing ideas outside the box.
Combine your technical expertise with the 4 C's to become the most valuable professional when you graduate.
Edwards, David. 2012. "The real education gap". Chief Learning Officer Magazine. January 2012