Empowering Adults to Thrive at Work: Personal Success Skills for 21st Century Jobs. A Report on Promising Research and Practice


Shechtman, N., Yarnall, L., Stites, R., & Cheng, B. (2016). Empowering adults to thrive at work: Personal success skills for 21st century jobs. A report on promising research and practice. Chicago, IL: Joyce Foundation.


This report is geared toward leaders in education, industry, workforce development, and human services interested empowering working age adults to build sustainable 21st century careers. Personal success skills are the foundational capacities that all adults need to thrive in the workforce, beyond technical and disciplinary knowledge. As part of a multi-pronged approach, strengthening personal success skills can increase adults’ ability to get good jobs and keep them. From interviews with experts and a review of research literature, the report provides resources and recommendations to advance practice, research, and policy.

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