Foundational Digital Skills for Career Progress

Brief

Foundational Digital Skills for Career Progress

August 28, 2019

Abstract

The increasingly technological nature of jobs means that digital skills are necessary for workers. This brief focuses on foundational digital skills—the ability to use digital tools to complete tasks in various settings. A synthesis of literature shows that most occupations, even occupations that have not traditionally used technology, are increasingly demanding foundational digital skills. But many workers and job seekers lack these skills, particularly people of color, English language learners, and older workers. Our interviews with digital skill providers suggest strategies for successfully teaching these skills as well as challenges.

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