20-Minute Mentors

How Can I Teach Soft Skills to Better Prepare Students for the Workplace?

This Magna 20-Minute Mentor discusses core power skills which include: teamwork, communication, positive attitude, critical thinking, professionalism, and time management. You’ll also learn a four phase approach to integrating soft-skill education into a curriculum and how to design related activities to unleash the full potential of your students.

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With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days.

How Can I Teach Soft Skills to Better Prepare Students for the Workplace?

Employers demand a talent pool armed with both hard and soft skills. Sadly, the focus on development of the soft skills ends somewhere between kindergarten and college. This Magna 20-Minute Mentor discusses core power skills which include: teamwork, communication, positive attitude, critical thinking, professionalism, and time management. You’ll also learn a four phase approach to integrating soft-skill education into a curriculum and how to design related activities to unleash the full potential of your students.

Purchase the How Can I Teach Soft Skills to Better Prepare Students for the Workplace? 20-Minute Mentor program, presented by Erik Christensen. Gain a clear understanding of the difference between hard skills and soft skills.

Learning Goals

After this program, participants will be able to:

  • Have an increased awareness of the need to integrate soft skills into the curriculum
  • Learn how to infuse curriculum with activities that focus on developing soft skills but complement the hard skills they are teaching in the class
  • Be able to consider ways to integrate soft skill development directly into the curriculum, develop a new, standalone course, or offer as continuing workforce education (CWE) program offering

Topics Covered

What are Soft Skills?

  • Definition and examples
  • Other names for soft skills
  • Difference between soft and hard skills

Why teach Soft Skills?

  • Disconnect between students and employer expectations
  • Importance employers attribute to soft skills
  • What employers are looking for

How to teach Soft Skills:

  • Learning Content
  • Implementation Options
  • Examples of teaching soft skills: Initial discussion, activity, conclusion, and extension activity (assessment)

Audience

This program will benefit:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers
  • Academic Deans

Product Code: PM19MA

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