Skills to Pay the Bills : Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success

Skills to Pay the Bills : Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success

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Overview

Skills to Pay the Bills : Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success by Labor Dept. (U.S.), Office of Disability Employment Policy.


According to the National Collaborative Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), the development of soft skills is identified as a critical component for success in activities such as civic participation and youth leadership in addition to school- and work-based learning experiences.   Companies have identified the following competencies as key to success of young workers:  Communication; Networking; Enthusiasm and Attitude; Teamwork; Problem Solving and Critical Thinking; Professionalism.

Activities that can be found in this publication were created to provide an introduction to the “basics” of soft skills.  These materials have been designed with youth service professionals in mind –specifically those working with in-school and out-of school youth, ages 14-21, on career and workforce readiness skills. 

Many of the exercises within this resource offer timed activities with directions for specific-workplace scenarios.  Some of these activities include several interview role-play situations, plus lessons about a resilient attitude and understanding directions, to networking, plus social media, and email etiquette tips for professional work settings.

With each activity, the text allows for extension activities, and journaling activities which are elements of common core principles taught in America’s public school system today.  Some of the exercises also present follow-up questions with spaces provided for answers as part of hands-on learning lessons.

These activities can be used by a facilitator within a school’s career and technology center, or a faith-based career search program, and by youth ages, 14-21 that are eager to find a paid position.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780160937248
Publisher: United States Dept. of Labor
Publication date: 03/24/2017
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents


Table of Contents
Introduction
Activity Layout
Through the Lens of Universal Design for Learning
Tips for Improving Access for Youth with Disabilities Communication
1. What’s Your Point?
2. Flipping the Switch.
3. Oh, Puh-leeeeeze!
4. Listen Hear!!
5. Quit Talkin’! I Know What To Do!
Enthusiasm & Attitude
6. Never Underestimate the Power of a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)
7. Life is Full of Hard Knocks
8. A Super Ball and a Raw Egg
9. Believe it or Not: Your Attitude and Enthusiasm Just Might Get You the Job
10. Translating Features to Benefits Teamwork
11. There is no “I” in Team
12. I’ll Give you Some of Mine if You Give me Some of Yours
13. The Good, the Bad, and the Reasonable
14. How Many Shapes Does it Take?
15. Teamwork on the Job
Networking
16. An Introduction to Networking
17. You Expect me to do WHAT? Talk to People?
18. Using Social Media to Network
19. Text vs. Email: Does it Really Matter?
20. It’s a Small World Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
21. Praise, Criticism, or Feedback?
22. Workplace Ethics
23. Problem Solving on a Team
24. Perception vs. Reality
25. Tell Me About a Time When Professionalism
26. Professionalism in Today’s Workforce
27. Professional Work Attitudes
28. Teamwork: An Essential Element of Professionalism
29. Is It Considered “Professional” to Have Friends in the Workplace?
30. Self Reflection: Professional Problem Solving at its Best
A Word about Social Networking
 
Additional Resources
for Youth with Disabilities
In Their Own Words..
 

Interviews


These activities can be used by a facilitator within a school’s career and technology center, or a faith-based career search program, and by youth ages, 14-21 that are eager to find a paid position.
 

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