Generic skills are those that apply across a variety of jobs and life contexts. They include metacognition and metacognitive skills.
Common elements are: basic/fundamental skills (e.g. literacy, using numbers, using technology), people-related skills (communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork), conceptual/thinking skills (collecting and organising information, problem-solving, planning, organising, thinking innovatively, thinking creatively), personal skills and attributes (responsibility, resourcefulness, flexibility, time management), skills related to the business world (innovation, entrepreneuring skills), and skills related to the community: civic or citizenship knowledge and skills.
Generic skills are also known by several other names including key skills, core skills, essential skills, key competencies, necessary skills, transferable skills, employability skills, life skills.
Conceptual analysis and literature