Human Skills Matrix

MIT J-WEL Lab (Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab)

The Human Skills Matrix (HSX) organizes 24 essential human skills needed in a rapidly changing world, and the accompanying workshop shows application of those skills in real-world contexts.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Thinking, Interacting, Managing Ourselves, Leading


  • Skills are identified within the following literacies: digital, civic and cultural, organizational, and financial

Instructor guidance

  • Human Skills Workshop curriculum and materials
  • Human Skills Workshop Report from Conversations to Convergence Conference (March, 2020)

Key Takeaways

  • The HSX framework is useful for developing curriculum, designing skills trainings or structuring research projects.
  • Employers can use the HSX framework to upskill and hire while employees can self-assess and build skills.
  • Human Skills Workshop guides participants to identify skills, use real-world simulations to develop skills, and use self-assessment and reflection activities to inform future skill development.

The Human Skills Matrix (HSX) is an initiative of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (MIT J-WEL) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The HSX initiative examined 41 existing skills frameworks from human resources, education, corporations, and labor organizations to identify the most in-demand non-technical skills. The list of skills was reviewed and categorized with a panel of policy and research experts in education and workforce development. In March, 2020, MIT J-WEL brought together industry, academy, policy, and Ed Tech experts to discuss and advance the matrix in different sectors and fields.

Adaptability & Flexibility


Critical & Creative Thinking

Emotional Intelligence

Leadership & Initiative

Navigating & Using Information


Teamwork & Collaboration

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