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Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity as 21st-century skills

21st Century Skills

A skill is a tool to perform a task within a particular time frame. Skills are something one can acquire through practice and hard work. In today’s world, the relevance of skills is enormous, as one’s talent alone cannot pave the way to success. And, there are certain skills officially cauterised as ‘21st-century skills’. Among the various 21st century skills, communication, critical thinking, and creativity claim to be discussed in details, as these skills are crucial to be competent in the contemporary competitive society.

 

  1. Communication skills: Actions speak louder than words. Indeed, that’s true. However, words are not less important at all, as your way of speaking can tell a lot about your personality. To create a good impression, especially in the professional domain, one must work hard to learn the communication skills well.

What is communication skills?

Communication is the process of transferring information from one place to another. Communication skills help you to understand others and to be understood.

Benefits: Good communication skills help you to express your thoughts efficiently to others, listening actively in discussions, providing and getting constructive input and sharpen your public speaking ability.

How to master communication skills: 

  • Try to communicate with your friends, family, or other acquaintances as much as possible.
  • Ask for constructive criticisms from your close ones.
  • Be confident while speaking.
  1. Critical thinking skills: Another essential 21st-century skill is critical thinking. A human being is considered the superior species in the universe only because of its ability to think. However, merely thinking about a topic, and expressing a point of view is not enough to fit in today’s rat race. It would be best to differentiate yourself from the mass by showcasing your ability to think differently and critically.

What is critical thinking?

Critical thinking, as Cambridge Dictionary asserts, is “the process of thinking carefully about a subject or idea, without allowing feelings or opinions to affect you.”

Benefits: Critical thinking skills prepares one to think independently, logically, and unbiasedly. One gets freed from all sorts of prejudices if they learn the very craft of critical thinking. In the world of fake news, critical thinking is the only way to know the truth.

How to master critical thinking skills: 

  • Analyse a data/opinion before reaching to the conclusion
  • Think pragmatically. Do not be pressurised by any emotion while judging a fact.

 

  1. Creativity: Many growing industries reply to the creative potentials of their employees. The more you are imaginative, the more you are capable of creating new things. Therefore, creativity is a basic yet an important skill to master.

 

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What is creativity?

Creativity is the process to sharpen the human intellect by expanding the ability to imagine more. It is the most effective way to transfer new and imaginative ideas into reality. As Rollo May states, “Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being. Creativity requires passion and commitment. It brings to our awareness what was previously hidden and points to new life.”

Benefits:  Creativity helps to create one’s perspective to see the world. It helps one to be passionate about new things. And most importantly, creativity encourages innovation.

How to master creativity:

  • Observe your surrounding well. The inspiration is around you.
  • Learn from small things – be it an ant gathering food for winter, or watching Bill Gates’ inspirational story on T.V.
  • Never stop imagining, as imagination is the pillar of creativity.
  • Try out new things every day. Never restrict yourself within the boundary of ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t, and never doubt your capabilities.

 

Abhra Roy