Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Kelsey Harrison
How are we preparing our current generation of High Schoolers for the “real world?” As it is right now, we often just assume that once the time comes, they’ll be ready for the workforce. We plan on just throwing them out there. Well, without the proper training or information, how can we expect these kids (or young adults rather) to succeed? They probably don’t even know what it is that employers are looking for. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there is actual a rather specific set of skills that employers want to see:
· Professionalism or Work Ethic
· Oral and Written Communication Skills
· Teamwork and Collaboration Skills
· Critical-Thinking Skills
· Problem-Solving Skills
So, we know what they need, but how are we getting it to them? There are a few schools in the neighboring areas have created programs that allow students to acquire such skills. They can’t always do it entirely on their own, though, so they will reach out to the community to help.
One of the big events that’s being promoted this year is the “Professional Clothing Drive.” Just like it sounds, they try to gather professional clothing for students. This helps to prepare them for mock interviews where they learn those soft skills and business etiquette.
We at Complete Home Solutions were happy to be a drop off location this year along with Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber. It is so important that we all contribute to molding and refining our youth today to make sure that they are ready to take the torch when their time arrives.