ERIC Number: EJ764828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Reference Count: N/A
Get Ready, Get Set, Get to Work!
Lewis, C. Deanna
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v82 n5 p18-19 May 2007
The residential construction industry, like much of today's job market, requires young people to have more analytical reasoning ability and a broader skill base. Along with this comes a deeper understanding of what it means to provide students with "good" soft skills. Soft skills are more than just saying thank you. Choosing a career is a process that includes assessing all your skills--soft and hard. The construction industry is creative about seeking ways to connect students to an extensive range of soft skills that include professionalism, enthusiasm for work, integrity, ethics, and initiative. A prime example of teaching soft skill "know how" is the Education in Action Program in Ohio, where students not only are provided with on-site construction experience but a conduit between school, life and career as well. Students effectively develop soft skills by being exposed to such concepts as teamwork, employer expectations, and pride in accomplishments. Other similar programs, such as the Building Industry Technology Academy (BITA) in California and the Junior Achievement Success Skills program in Nebraska, provide students with practical skills while bringing relevance to high school academic studies.
Descriptors: Employment Opportunities, Labor Market, Construction Industry, Career Awareness, Education Work Relationship, Integrity, Ethics, Vocational Education, Females, Disproportionate Representation, Professional Development, Standards, Collegiality, Responsibility, Personality Traits, Interpersonal Competence, Social Development, Emotional Intelligence, Cooperation, Communication Skills, Interaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California; Nebraska; Ohio