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. Related products:Employment Interviewing: Seizing the Opportunity and the Job is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/029-001-03364-8Careers Begin Here: Recruiting.jobcorps.gov is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/029-000-00464-1High-Earning Workers Who Don't Have A Bachelor's Degree is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/029-001-03325-7Apprenticeships: Career Training, Credentials, and a Paycheck in Your Pocket is available here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/029-001-03405-9United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions 2016 (Plum Book) can be found here: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/052-070-07704-2
|Publisher:||United States Dept. of Labor|
|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..
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.