1st Day Assignment – Puzzle Exercise

Time Limit: 45 minutes

1. You will have 45 minutes to complete the task – participate!

2. You may ask me any questions you think of

3. The room must be returned to its current state at the end of the exercise

What do employers say about the  people they want to hire in the 21st century? What is your wife/husband looking for in their perfect partner? Why is it that some people seem to have the communication skills for that good life (that you also want)?

Teaching students a wide range of 21st century skills—including critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and self-direction—is important to our country’s future economic success, according to a results of a survey of 800 voters conducted for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a consortium of business, nonprofit, and government organizations. ” – taken from the Comittee for Childern’s website

Here are the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance. NACE gave each a rating on a 5-point scale, where 5 was extremely important, 4 was very important, 3 was somewhat important, etc.:

1. Ability to work in a team structure
2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems (tie)
3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
4. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
5. Ability to obtain and process information
6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programs
9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
10. Ability to sell and influence others



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