Young People Lacking Life Skills Needed for Future Employment

Young People Lacking Life Skills Needed for Future Employment

Young People Lacking Life Skills Needed for Future Employment

What happens when most of your focus as a parent is on academic success? Have you considered in order for your child to be a well-rounded young adult in society that academic success can only get them so far? Let’s look at how one organization is helping young people focus on life skills for success in the workplace.

14241313_sAccording to an article at, “Important Life Skills for Young Adults”

“Employers seeking to do more with less ask more of their workforce and are therefore more demanding of job candidates. Candidates are expected to have both great qualifications and a robust set of life and business skills necessary for success in the workplace.

“Young people on the other hand are leaving school with good qualifications but little else in the way of skills that’s needed in the workplace and life. With the result that many do not have the skills that employers are seeking and are consequently failing to find suitable employment after years of hard work and studying to achieve good grades.”

Quoting the recent survey of International staffing company Adecco, which stated that of the employers surveyed, “44 per cent of respondents cited soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration, as the area with the biggest skill gap. Only half as many say a lack of technical skills is the main point.”

She further said the present day reality is that focusing on academic skills alone is too narrow, adding that for young people to achieve their full potential, both academic and life skills must be taught taking cognizance of the demands of the world they are growing up in.

“Unfortunately schools struggle to get through their curricula and only have time to focus on imparting academic skills which, sadly leaves a gap in the education of our young people. This is a gap which parents must seek to bridge elsewhere.

If our young people are to succeed in the 21st century, they must develop a robust set of skills, referred to as life skills, to complement their qualifications. To name a few, they must master communicating effectively; they must be critical thinkers and problem solvers. “They need to develop collaborative expertise, self- management skills, gain proficiency in a second language and be creative innovators.” To read the entire article click here.

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