Seven Facts on Noncognitive Skills from Education to the Labor Market

  1. The Hamilton Project, an economic think-tank, says that non-cognitive skills are also integral to educational performance and success at work – and are becoming increasingly so.
  2. The Hamilton Project referenced a survey of hiring managers in the US, which suggests that they are just as worried about finding people with the right non-cognitive skills as with more traditional and measurable abilities.
  3. About a third of hiring managers said recent college graduates lacked data analysis and teamwork skills,” says the report.
  4. The Hamilton Project argues that non-cognitive skills are crucial for the labour market for four key economic reasons.
  5. The report says that, to a certain extent, those soft skills inevitably depend on people’s personality: “some individuals have an inherently easier time getting along with others” for example.
  6. “While fewer than 20% of hiring managers said that recent graduates lacked the math skills needed for the work, more than half said that recent graduates lacked attention to detail.

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