Measuring Where People Pick Up Key Job Skills

May 30, 2013

A new national poll by Gallup, Microsoft and the Pearson Foundation focuses on whether students used "21st century job skills" in their last year of education. Those who did report higher work quality, and those who finished their education in college, not high school, were more likely to have used and learned such skills during their education. For example, 28 percent of those polled with a high school degree or less said that they had "often" worked on a long-term project that took several classes to complete. That compared with 50 percent of college students or graduates and 65 percent of those with postgraduate work or a degree. Asked whether they had applied classroom lessons to "real problems" in their community or world, only 22 percent of those with a high school degree or less had done so, compared to 27 percent of college students or graduates, and 37 percent of those with some postgraduate work.


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