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Adults and Literacy: How Reading and Writing Skills Can Enhance Your Career

Last updated 6 years ago

There is no doubt about it: reading and writing are the backbone of academic and career successes. They tie into everything, from written and verbal communication to analysis and problem solving. Your career depends greatly on your ability to showcase your strong reading and writing abilities.



Two of the biggest skills you will use in any career will be written and verbal communication skills. Whether you are calling up your company’s CEO or sending emails to a client, these skills are absolutely essential. Reading and writing well are essential to good communication. If you cannot do these two things effectively, it is highly unlikely you can thrive in your career.

Analysis and Problem Solving

The ability to analyze and digest information rests upon your ability to read and write well. Reading and writing teach you to absorb information, assess it logically, and express your conclusions well. There is much more to analysis and problem solving than working through issues in your mind’s eye. Reading and writing stand behind these abilities.

Upward Movement

For most, a career is about moving upwards. Communication and problem solving are essential to promotions and gains in the workplace. To move up in your career, you will need to be able to read and write well—and to apply the knowledge you learn from reading and writing to all of your communication.


Literacy is the backbone of learning and career advancement. Simply because you’re no longer “in school” doesn’t mean that your reading and writing skills cannot be enhanced to move your career forward. For more information about developing reading and writing skills, contact the Literacy and Language Center at (415) 242-1205.

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