How to Prepare Students for the Job Market

For students to stay competitive in the changing job market, there are key skills they need to learn. Students need to start developing these skills as early as pre-kindergarten. These skills include learning skills, literacy skills, and life skills.

Learning skills teach students how to adapt and improve upon a modern work environment. These skills include critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, and computational thinking.

  • Critical thinking: Finding a solution to problems
  • Creativity: Thinking outside the box
  • Collaboration: Working together
  • Communication: Talking to one another
  • Computational thinking: Understanding a problem and finding the solution

Literacy skills teach students to determine facts, where the facts are coming from, and the technology behind what they are finding. These skills include information literacy, media literacy, and technology literacy.

  • Information literacy: Understanding facts, figures, statistics, and data
  • Media literacy: Understanding how and where information is published
  • Technology literacy: Understanding the machines that make the Information Age possible

Life skills teach students qualities need for both personal and professional life. These skills include flexibility, leadership, initiative, productivity, and social skills.

  • Flexibility: Switching between multiple projects as needed
  • Leadership: Motivating team members to accomplish a goal
  • Initiative: Starting a project without being to do so
  • Productivity: Maintaining efficiency without being distracted
  • Social skills: Meeting and networking with others

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Source: Applied Education Systems

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