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Competencies such as

  • Aptitude
  • Creativity
  • design thinking
  • logical and scientific thinking
  • problem solving and decision making
  • growth mindset

Are key driving qualities of student’s career growth

Educators, parents, and working professionals know that kids need more than traditional academic skills to thrive in the 21st century. Therefore, helping kids grow these skills has become hour of the need.

Aptitude

Aptitude is defined as an innate, learned or acquired ability of an individual to perform certain tasks, that inculcate many factors like numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, speed, accuracy etc. . These qualities are fundamental for students to compete as well as career growth in their aspired career.

Logical/scientific thinking

When I look back into my career, I still remember, that I have spent hours learning something, only to realize I was memorizing facts and not truly thinking about what I was studying for. Now, I regret, taking the time to truly understand a topic should have changed my perspective on specific subject matter but at the same time, I did not have access to professional advice to correct my course of action. So, critical thinking, or systematically evaluating information before accepting or rejecting it, enables individuals to move beyond memorization of facts to truly learn about the world. The basis of scientific study is critical thought. Science actually refers to studying anything through objective, critical thinking about observations of the world. Logical thinking requires the use of reasoning skills to study a problem objectively, which will allow you to make a rational conclusion about how to proceed. When you use the facts available to you to address a problem you may be facing at work, for example, you are using logical reasoning skills.
Logical thinking skills are also important because they can help you reason through important decisions, solve problems, generate creative ideas and set goals—all of which are necessary for developing your career

Design Thinking

It is structured framework for identifying challenges, gathering information, generating potential solutions, refining ideas, and testing solutions. Design Thinking help shape how students approach problem solving. Design Thinking emphasizes that learning is an iterative process, where “failure” can be expected and seen as another opportunity to grow.

Creativity

Creativity is the most difficult thinking skill to acquire, and also the most sought-after. Creativity is valued in every field of our life which enriches our understanding and can make life easier. Creativity helps student’s critical thinking, problem solving and at the same time Creativity gives you a sense of purpose, promotes risk taking, improves your ability to focus and prerequisites for innovation, eventually encourages us to be a lifelong learners.

Problem solving and decision-making

A student’s capacity to solve problems is critical to his or her success in education and in life. Increased focus on teaching critical thinking and problem-solving skills has been central to school curriculum reform; as such skills provide the basis for all learning. Indeed, the ability to retrieve and process information and, in turn, propose a solution to a discernible problem represents skills that greatly advances a student’s competence and independence and teach them to become self-determined.
Problem solving involves using available information to identify and design solutions to problems. A problem is a task, activity, or situation for which a solution is not immediately identified, known, or obtainable. Solving a problem, therefore, is the process of identifying a solution that resolves the initial perplexity or difficulty.

Develop culture to Foster Growth mindset

Many students tend to give up when they encounter failure and hardship in studies because they believe that it means they are simply not good at the subject, or that they lack the level of intelligence necessary to excel at the subject. This is what is referred to as a fixed mindset. However, students can also have what is referred to as a growth mindset, which states that the brain is capable of overcoming the challenges it faces in new areas of learning. It is possible to develop a growth mindset, and doing so can help a student overcome the hurdles they face in learning and develop the necessary skills to persist. For example, a growth mindset in young girls who struggle with math’s can help them recognize the fact that it certainly had nothing to do with their gender. Here, a growth mindset would help them persist in their efforts and try new learning techniques in order to improve their math’s skills, rather than give up because they believe that they are genetically doomed to fail at the subject. Similarly, a child from an impoverished background can, with the help of a growth mindset, learn to take his or her individual difficulties in their stride in order to overcome those hurdles. The same concept applies for young people with learning or physical disabilities: a growth mindset works to instill confidence in a student regarding their ability to develop and learn.

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