INSPIRING SELF-AWARENESS AND CAREER EXPLORATION

Shaping Kids for the
Real World


Research shows the earlier schools prepare students for employment the better they perform at their careers. Employers everywhere expect far more than degrees. Young professionals need to be deeply ingrained with the awareness of soft skills like work ethics, responsibility, communication, teamwork and creativity.

Soft Skills Middle is an engaging and foundational online program specifically designed to introduce middle schoolers to the concepts of personal and career exploration; to help them begin to identify their strengths, interests, and values; and to prepare for future success in the classroom, in life, and eventually, in the workplace.


HERE'S HOW IT WORKS.
   Get Ready.
   Get Prepped.
   Go!

Get Ready.

The Soft Skills Middle journey begins with our online Career & Life Foundations course – an engaging interactive curriculum designed to help students get ready and become more aware of themselves and how they interact with others. Guided by our fun and inspirational Soft Skills Middle Coach, students will begin to build 8 Basic Soft Skills:

Self-Awareness
Social Awareness
Honesty
Responsibility
Teamwork
Work Ethics
Communication
Problem Solving

Get Prepped.

The second stop on the Soft Skills Middle journey is the WORLD OF WORK. Students will get prepped for the world of work by virtually exploring the 16 Career Clusters in order to introduce them to the great big world of career opportunities that await them in the future. Along the way, students will take part in Self-Assessment and Career Awareness activities designed to help them begin to see in which career directions their strengths, interests and values may one day lead them.

Go!

The third and final stop on the Soft Skills Middle journey is GO and Make a Plan. Designed to help students make a successful transition to high school, college, and the world beyond, students will work with their parents, teachers, and our Soft Skills Middle Coach to put together a flexible going forward e-plan that sets future (modifiable) goals and ways to successfully achieve them.

Future Readiness must begin in Middle School

There is widespread agreement that high school is simply too late to begin to expose learners to the variety of high-skill, high-wage and in-demand careers available to them and the foundational skills they will need to be able to access and succeed in those careers. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) echoes this sentiment by emphasizing career exploration and career development activities in the middle grades and allowing funds to be spent on students as early as fifth grade.

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Course Modules

SELF-AWARENESS


Self-awareness is knowing yourself. Before students can launch themselves confidently and successfully in the outside world, they must first be confident and successful on the inside. Knowing, accepting and liking oneself is essential to achieving success in the classroom, in life, and one day in the workplace. In this lesson, students will take a good look inside to discover who they are and who they want to be one day.