"To paraphrase a time-honored idiom, the 21st century workplace is “not your father’s or mother’s workplace.” Those workplaces were rooted in assumptions of secure jobs in stable organizations, and career development consisted of a fixed sequence of stages: from career exploration and training to job entry to mid-career advancement to retirement. Today, there are no guarantees of secure jobs or stable organizations. Career guidance professionals advise young people to expect to switch jobs frequently, maybe as often as every three to five years; that they will need, somehow, to be prepared for jobs that currently don’t yet exist; and that they need to make their own “life designs” rather than count on the company to provide a job for life. What are the skills young people will need to succeed in the 21st century workplace? Perseverance, initiative, self-regulation, goal setting, adaptability, teamwork, assertiveness, creative thinking, critical thinking, problem solving, time management…in essence, they will need the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills that Noonan and Gaumer Erickson so ably lay out in The Skills That Matter. This timely book lays out a roadmap for teachers to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace. The research-based student competencies and the implementation elements in the College and Career Competency Framework provide the “how” and the “what” for young people to achieve successful adult outcomes. The Skills That Matter provides a user-friendly, practical resource to enable educators to, in essence, enable young people to create rich, fulfilling lives."