work ethic

Ten Ways to Teach Your Kids Work Ethic

Research has shown that establishing a strong work ethic early in childhood is a predictor of adult success. We all know someone who only does what they have to or nothing at all, far below of what they are capable. The reasons for that are varied, of course, but the best way to stave that[…]

Checklist: The Definitive Guide to Conducting Soft Skills Training

Conducting a soft-skills training can be tough, depending on a number of factors. For example, the weather is bad and people are late, the attendees don’t want to be there, or worst of all, you’re unprepared. Training is more art than science, and while a savvy sense of humor and positive, upbeat attitude form the[…]

WIOA Guidance: You Can Use Part of Your WIOA Funds for Pre-Employment Training

How Assumptions Lead to Potential Failure for Young Workers It’s fair to say that many employers who hire young workers say that they do not have the work ethic, or soft skills, they need to do their jobs well. This is an ongoing and universal problem, they say. How do we bridge the gap between[…]

What Is the ‘Lost Decade’ and Are Apprenticeships the Way to Go?

In much of western Europe, compulsory education ends after ninth grade. From there, students can choose to follow a college-preparatory or a vocational path. In Switzerland, fully 70 percent of students choose a vocational path over the academic, with about 230 different occupations from which to choose. Student spend about four years working an apprenticeship[…]

Building the Stamina of Young Workers: A Job Workout

Today’s work environments are often fast-paced, complex and crowded. They can be daunting for any worker, but if for a recent graduate, a stay-at-home-parent returning to work, a former inmate who was recently released from custody, or even someone who has just been unemployed for a while, getting into the groove of the workday can take[…]

Georgetown: learning and teaching 21st-century skills

AUGMENTED LEARNING AND TEACHING THE SKILLS OF THE 21ST CENTURY 21st-Century Skills As the economy becomes increasingly automated, employment skills for both blue and white collar jobs must evolve to keep up. So-called “21st-century skills” learning rotates away from hard STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and incorporates soft skills to augment the progression of technology.[…]

International Workers Find Welcome, Soft Skills in Canada

There’s a wave of nationalism and anti-free trade sentiments sweeping the United States and Europe, and questions remain about whether international workers will be allowed to continue working in those nations, and how to address the difference in skills. Free trade agreements allow for foreign workers to work in their host nation, and travel between[…]

The Top Ten Skills Employers Are Looking For

The modern-day economy and job market changes so rapidly, it’s hard to tell what are the exact skills that employers are looking for in new hires. Business is evolving to the point where the jobs that will be required in ten years haven’t even been invented yet. But are the most desirable skills STEM (science,[…]

Should parenting and education focus more on soft skills?

Raising kids is a minefield of rights and wrongs, hills and valleys, and mistakes and victories. Most parents can relate to feeling confounded by the daunting task of finding the right combination of discipline and acceptance in order to produce a successful adult. But what of the skills that children are learning in schools? Are[…]