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How Are You Preparing Your Students for the Workforce?

Author bio: As a Writer and Researcher, Amanda Wilks has fixated on marketable skills. Her experience with formal education has led her to believe in the benefits of pursuing trade schools and alternative studying programs. She’s now on a mission to discover and share with you the best ways to leverage your money and creativity resources. Kindly visit and follow Amanda @AmandaWilks01.

As a job preparation tutor, what is the best way for preparing your students for the workforce of tomorrow? The modern workplace in the fast-paced global economy bears little resemblance to the worksites of yesterday, and the skills required are more complex and advanced. Schools have to create innovative school-to-work programs to help their students prepare for jobs after graduation or with their career paths. But what are they preparing students for?

The Future Of Work

Futurists are building startling scenarios in describing the workplace of the future. No one knows for sure, but change is the factor that is constant. For instance, one change predicted is that 65 percent of jobs the kindergartener of today will face in the future are not yet created.

Another is that the adult worker of the future will change jobs seven times during their work years. High tech, robots, global communication and interchange, and mobile workstyles are some of the scenarios.

First Steps In Preparing Your Students For The Workforce

With a future of so many unknowns, the job preparation tutor can be of invaluable assistance to students who are unsure of how they can approach the future. Armed with knowledge about careers and the work world, such as trade school programs and college offerings, you can, as a tutor, guide and support students through a carefully laid out career exploration and preparation process that will keep students in school and give them a chance to live a fulfilling life.

The light that should guide the student’s exploration and preparation should be what that student is suited for, in terms of personal characteristics, ability, and interests. This means that all activities, lessons, and tasks are directed at building the student’s personal career readiness. The school may assist students to identify interests and abilities through their career exploration programs through tests, inventories, and career information. Also, you can expand on this by helping students take sure-footed steps to set up the building blocks for the careers of their choice.

The first step is to identify and get clear on the student’s strengths and weaknesses. What are the student’s strengths? Is he or she a leader, a team player, a people person who cares about and interacts easily with others, one who fulfills promises and carries out responsibilities, an originator full of new ideas, a precise person good with details, and so on. Each student has strengths, and identifying and recognizing these will instill a self-assurance and belief of being employable.

At the same time, the student can be helped to face his or her weaknesses and to build a resolve to make improvements.

In this self-exploration, the tutor can then go over with students their interests and abilities. What are the courses they like and what are their academic strengths? What about hobbies and out of school interests? Are their interests centered more in people, or in ideas, data or things? In exploring interests and abilities, possible careers can be identified and explored, and the appropriate career paths researched.

Skills And Abilities Needed In The Future Workforce

Industry leaders have identified the kinds of skills and abilities the future worker needs to function successfully in tomorrow’s workplace. The following are strengths sought by many employers.

  • Oral and written communication

  • STEM knowledge

  • Technology skills

  • Innovative and critical thinking skills

  • Problem-solving ability

  • Teamwork skills

  • Adaptability

  • Responsibility

  • Empathy

  • Multicultural and global awareness

  • Leadership

Further Steps To Intensify Preparation For Future Careers

The interest and support of the tutor can motivate students to complete school assignments, build knowledge in weak areas, develop new relevant skills, and research career paths. The following are some things that the tutor can do to help build the student’s career readiness.

  • The tutor can explore possibilities for the student to job shadow or do volunteer work at businesses or community sites relevant to their interests. The high school may have a school-to-work program that does this. These experiences make the daily experience of particular jobs real for the student and provide them with valuable career exploration.

  • For the student who will continue with higher education, the career tutor will assist them in identifying training programs appropriate for their career path. They can make sure that the student understands the proper preparation required for the chosen career.

  • The tutor can supplement career preparation programs at the school by assisting with job/college applications, resume building, and writing personal statements.

Here are some other activities that can be incorporated for students to enhance their career readiness.

  • A number of assignments can introduce job simulation into coursework such as report writing, data analysis and other activities which are part of the duties in the chosen career.

  • The tutor can bring students together, set up a workplace scenario, and give them a work-related problem to solve. Challenge them to discuss and generate original ideas to solve the issue. Other work related exercises can be given. The idea is to expand the students’ thinking, let them experience team problem solving, and help them discover or uncover latent abilities.

  • The tutor can guide the student’s career exploration research by providing quality resources, for example, one that shows the student some new tech careers or one that describes and explains the career in aging life care.

Being creative in preparing your students for the workforce can be challenging and exciting. But above all, to help a student confidently face the future brings rewards unique to the teaching/tutoring profession.

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