ERIC Number: EJ1129990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Wanted: Soft Skills for Today's Jobs
Hirsch, Barton J.
Phi Delta Kappan, v98 n5 p12-17 Feb 2017
Educating high school students for both college and career is difficult. Teaching trade skills seems alien to the academic culture. But new research indicates that soft skills are quite important to judgments of employability and that youth learn many soft skills in traditional academic subjects (e.g., literature). A focus on soft skills allows schools to reframe how they think about the relationship among education, academic curriculum, and employment. Such a reframing will help black youth get jobs and will be valuable whether students go to college or not.
Descriptors: High School Students, African American Students, Job Skills, Job Training, Employment Potential, Job Search Methods, Employment Interviews, Career Readiness, Apprenticeships, Communication Skills, Maturity (Individuals), Skill Development
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