A note from Jackie: A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of chatting with Amy Schulz of the New World of Work. Amy believes that entrepreneurial education is the core of future workforce development, and she is truly on the cutting edge of this new movement. In this wonderful piece she explores why resilience is so essential.
In the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District on a spring day in April 2013, our New World of Work team gathered a group of entrepreneurs, employers and HR professionals and asked them what skills college students would need to be successful in an entrepreneurial workforce. While we were expecting answers, such as how to interpret financial statements and marketing data, we were pleasantly surprised that the results did not revolve around technical skills much at all, but around the 21st Century version of soft skills for a rapidly changing workplace.
Through a series of these skills panels, we identified the Top Ten 21st Century Soft Skills, which can be found on the New World of Work website.
The theme of resiliency was strong throughout the series of three skills panels, and our team listened to our advisers in the trenches by developing lessons and experiential learning opportunities for today’s college students. In today’s work environment, workers must be ready to accept failure either with individual projects or even losing a job. Because failure is inevitable in the modern workforce, how individuals recover from professional disasters will determine their future success.