JA It’s My Job (Soft Skills)

JA It’s My Job (Soft Skills) helps students understand the value of professional communication and soft skills, making them more employable to future employers across multiple career clusters. Lessons focus on social and soft skill competencies that relate real-life experiences to job skills and prepare students for their future careers. Topics include communication and presentation skills, manners, listening skills, and cell phone etiquette.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

— Understand the value of professional communication and soft skills.
— Relate real-life experiences to job skills.
— Prepare for future careers.

JA It’s My Job (Soft Skills) is part of the JA Work and Career Readiness Pathway and is recommended for students in high school but may be adapted for middle school. This volunteer-led program can be implemented as a classroom-based, remote synchronous, or after-school program. It includes six 45-minute sessions, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout. Minimum delivery is three sessions; the number and topic of modules can be determined based on student needs and available time.

Program Concepts

Cell phone behavior and function in the workplace, character development, career preparation, employer expectations, ethics, job application, job interview, positive attitude, professionalism, making a good impression, manners, relationships with others, resume, self-motivation, soft, interpersonal, or transferable skills, workplace behavior and productivity, workplace communication

Skills Students Learn

  • Active listening
  • Analyzing and applying information
  • Collaboration
  • Critical observation
  • Decision-making
  • Demonstrating soft skills in a mock interview
  • Evaluating alternatives
  • Examine forms
  • Oral and written communication
  • Presenting information
  • Role-playing
  • Self-evaluation
  • Working in teams
  • Weighing consequences of personal behavior

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