Life Skills: Preparing Today's Youth For Uncertain Futures
Life skills have been debated extensively in the last decade not least because reflecting on what may best equip us in a VUCA world has acquired much urgency.
UNICEF, UNESCO, and WHO have chimed in by suggesting ten core Life Skills:
Coping with Stress
Coping with Emotion
Categorizing these, one can place them into three broad categories:
• Thinking skills: Our logical and analytical brain faculties and that ability to think creatively. This underpins our ability to make rational decisions.
• Social skills: Our interpersonal and communication skills are critical when working in teams, leading them or advocating for a cause.
• Emotional skills: Our "soft" skills that include empathy, dealing with our feelings and coping with stressful situations and life's pressures. It also involves knowing oneself and our capabilities.