Success in education shouldn't be measured by a high score at the end of Year 12, an expert believes.
Instead, Mitchell Institute director Megan O'Connell wants to see it determined by whether young people's lives are headed in a positive direction in the years that follow.
While almost all new jobs will need a qualification, she argues the ability to communicate and work with others are skills equally important as knowledge in pursuing careers.
But they're not prioritised as part of the school curriculum because they don't count in high stakes assessments like final year exams.
Ms O'Connell will present her views to a parliamentary inquiry on the future of work when public hearings return to Melbourne on Friday.