3 Tips for Helping Students Recognize Their Career Potential
Posted on January 31, 2020
With our world’s rapidly changing workforce, it may seem difficult to anticipate what the future will look like for tomorrow’s students. Smart technology, like automation and artificial intelligence, along with the ever-growing shared economies like talent-sharing, reselling and ride-sharing businesses, are changing how the world runs. A remarkable 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in job fields that don’t even exist yet.
Here are three tips to help students recognize their potential in the workforce.
1. Offer Job Shadowing & Internships
While at school, students learn the importance of core subjects, but they do not necessarily learn the specific knowledge they need to join the workforce. That’s why giving students the option to “test drive” occupations through job shadowing and internships is extremely helpful. Not only will students get to go through the daily life of an employee in a field they are interested in, they can also receive constructive feed-back from someone outside of the student’s school or home, the employer. Through job shadowing and internships, students can learn more about their interests while gaining references and contacts within the field.
2. Discover Your Students’ Needs
When students are curious about certain jobs and careers, they’ll want to learn more. Encourage that curiosity by asking and questioning students about their personal inquiries on future careers. After gathering said results, focus on pertinent classroom discussions, invite professional guest speakers or schedule applicable class field trips.
Along the way and over time, students will develop deeper relationships with members of the business community – allowing for even better assistance in job shadowing and internships. Offer encouragement and opportunity to students after discovering their needs.
3. Focus on Soft Skills
Soft skills are personal attributes and social skills that can help anyone while working at a job. Some of these can include:
- Problem solving
- Creative thinking
- Working in a team and by oneself
Soft skills are different than hard skills, like learning how to type fast or how to tie different types of knots. They come naturally to some but are generally more difficult to learn than hard skills. After realizing what soft skills students possess or don’t possess, one will be able to help students realize their potentials and help guide them down accommodating paths.
Build confidence and optimism while focusing on these skills and opportunities. This will help ensure students are prepared for the ever-changing workforce of the future.