Oftentimes, school-aged students are overlooked when it comes to cultivating people skills and personal development.

In this article, we provide ways they can develop a sense of self-confidence through supplemental learning.

Goal Setting and Personal Development

It’s never too early to start the practice of goal setting. Through creative writing and brainstorming sessions, teachers and mentors can give high school aged students an opportunity to think about what they want to accomplish throughout life.

When helping teens set goals, share guidance on how to create a goal that is achievable. The goal can be long-term, like achieving a high attendance rate at school, or a short term like getting a B or higher on their next test.

Once they set their goal, help them determine the steps needed to achieve that goal. It could be adding additional study sessions, getting up earlier, or finding an accountability partner to help them stay on track. These skills of creating a goal, determining the next steps, and following through will be transferable throughout their lifetime and increase their confidence in what they can accomplish.

Teens need different kinds of support to succeed. Focusing on personal development is a great way to help students find success post-graduation. Through positive self-talk- and daily affirmations, you can help them build a healthy mindset about themselves and their futures.

Get Outside

Learning happens inside and outside of the classroom. Experiences like field trips and co-curricular activities can help students learn to connect, collaborate, and explore new ideas.

  1. Take them into the community on field trips to local museums, zoos, and other places where they can interact with other kids their age.
  2. Encourage them to join clubs at school or in their community where they can meet new people and practice their communication skills. Athletic programs and drama clubs can help students learn how to work with others toward a common goal.
  3. Connect with local businesses so the students can participate in work-based learning.

Get Connected and Use Bring Your ‘A’ Game

At The Center for Work Ethic Development, our courses can benefit teens by building their work ethic and personal development.

Our interactive curriculum, Bring Your A-Game, delivers customizable lesson plans, engaging activities, and an easy to implement program. Rather than rely on short-term incentives, the key to sustained improvement is to build the seven foundational skills and the values that support them.

And because we know that sometimes the best way to learn something is through hands-on experience, our courses encourage real-life application so they can put into practice what they’ve been taught.

The Center for Work Ethic Development has identified the seven most essential workplace skills that help people reach their highest potential in their careers. These foundational skills include attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, acceptance, appreciation, and accountability. To learn more about The Center for Work Ethic Development’s seven essential workplace skills and how to implement our curriculum in your workplace, visit workethic.org.