Building Competencies for Careers

By Matthew Frizzell, Matthew Braun, Maria Ferguson, Diane Stark Rentner, & Nancy Kober
July 7, 2017

This report draws on information from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to better understand the value of deeper learning competencies in the labor market. O*NET compiles surveys of employees and occupational experts to determine key characteristics and requirements of more than 900 occupations. Using this database, researchers from the Center on Education Policy (CEP) matched up the knowledge, skills and work styles required for over 300 occupations with the deeper learning competencies outlined by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The report concludes that students will be better prepared for fast-growing jobs if they develop academic mindsets, learn how to communicate effectively, and take an analytical approach to solving problems.

This report will be of interest to both educators and business leaders advocating for deeper learning in schools nation-wide.

Source Organization: Center on Education Policy

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