The universal skills needed for professional success are Communication, Enthusiasm/Attitude, Teamwork and Networking. Critical thinking and problem-solving are also necessary to succeed in the business world.
If we want students ready when they graduate from school then it’s important that these soft skills be taught before graduation because a lack of any one could hold them back professionally later on.
We need to teach students how to use their voice, body language and words effectively.
Students must learn that it is not about them but rather the company or organization they’re working for. They should be enthusiastic in everything they do and always display a positive attitude towards work tasks and challenges.
Teamwork is important for a variety of reasons, not the least to help support other team members who may be struggling.
It’s important that students learn how to use their networks when they graduate from school and enter the work world in order to find jobs or opportunities. It will also allow them access into new networks that will help grow their careers.
Critical thinking and problem-solving:
These skills are essential for solving problems, making decisions or simply being able to identify the right questions to ask in order to find solutions.
When we teach these universal soft skills before they graduate from school then students who would otherwise be lost without a competitive edge throughout their professional lives, will be better prepared to succeed.
Professionalism and work ethic are important in all professions.
Professionalism can be defined as the habits and behaviors which are considered appropriate in a given profession.
Work ethic is often used to describe how committed someone is towards their work, deadlines or other responsibilities.
Creative thinking is important for problem-solving and can be a solution to a variety of challenges.
Students must learn how to manage their time, energy levels, stress and emotions in order to achieve success. The most successful people are often good at managing themselves as well as others around them. These skills help students learn how to manage their time and energy.
Decision making is a critical skill in the workplace.
It’s important for students to learn how to make decisions that are both appropriate and responsible, as well as when they need outside help or input from others.
A positive attitude is important for success in the workplace.
Students need to learn how to stay motivated and not give up when faced with challenges or difficulties, but instead use them as opportunities for growth.
Listening skills are important in the workplace and should be taught to students before they graduate from school. It allows people to understand what’s being said, taking in information effectively without interrupting or talking over others.
Information management is important for professionals in every field.
Students should be taught to organize and manage their information before they graduate from school so that it’s easier to find when they need it, without having to spend time looking through piles of paper or electronic files.
Collaboration skills are important in the workplace and should be taught to students before they graduate from school. They help people work together more effectively by allowing them to share goals, ideas or tasks which will lead to a higher quality of work being produced.
Adaptability is important for immediate and long-term success.
Students should be taught how to adapt their behavior in order to work well with people, manage change, or react appropriately when faced with adversity.
We want students who graduate from school ready for professional success so it’s important that we teach these soft skills before they graduate.