Prepping for the workforce

Preparing your kids to enter into the workforce

Kids that are in school now will eventually be heading out into the workforce and it is important that they are prepared. Teachers and parents will need to teach their kids certain skills that they need in order to have a successful career. In school, the students will learn the basic core subjects, but they don’t actually gain other knowledge that is essential for the workforce. Children also need to be taught about technical skills and other information that will make them ready for college and to head into the workforce.

Employers tend to prioritize certain workforce habits like reliability, punctuality, timely task completion and so only teachers and parents need to stress to children how important it is to have the certain habits that are not taught in the course they are studying. Another skill that is very important is presentation skills they are needed for many different jobs and often kids lack these, so they are often not prepared to deal with certain situations when it comes to entering the workforce. The teachers can help in some instances by showing the children how they can give presentations which can help to boost their self-confidence. By encouraging kids to speak up in class and contribute towards class participation can help build character and boost the confidence level in them.

Kids also need to learn in order so they can be successful within the workplace which is important for their life skills.  Kids need to learn financial skills which are essential. Kids in school are learning math but they are not actually learning the consumer math skills like how to fill out a tax form, how to budget and how to balance their chequebooks. These are simple life skills that kids need to master in order to help them manage their career.

Kids need to learn the right way to deal with failure so they can grow a successful career, socialise and build skills. Kids who grow up with failing anything will actually have a disadvantage when they head out into the workforce. They need to be dealing with failure at a young age and learning that it is a skill that is essential, and they will most certainly deal with some sort of failure throughout their career life, so it is important they know how to deal with it. Children need to be taught even when they fail to get u and do better next time it isn’t a reason for giving up. Failure is something you should not fear.

Apart from learning life skills with your children at home, there are other things that schools can do that parent can be involved in like career fairs that allow the children to learn about different career options and the jobs out there and everything they need in order to pursue it. This can boost their community involvement and know more about what’s out there. School can offer intensive training in technology subjects that will allow children to be taught the skills needed in order to give them insight into jobs like office work and owning a business. These can be small courses that can be taken over a few weeks or months, so they work well for children as they are short.

It can be nerve-wracking for kids to enter the workforce but if they have the right skills and knowledge then they can make a smooth transition. Parents need to work with teachers in order to help prepare the children for the workforce and what they need in order to succeed. 

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