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What skills do I need for the workplace?

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What Skills do I Need for the Workplace?

Let's Talk Science
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Text
Grades
7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12
Jurisdiction
AB,  BC,  MB,  NB,  NL,  NS,  NT,  NU,  ON,  PE,  QC,  SK,  YT
Guidance & Careers
Career Development
Career Exploration
Employability Skills
Transferable Skills

Summary

Students will deepen their understanding of the concept of employability skills. Students will develop an awareness of opportunities available for those who have well-developed employability skills.

Setting the Stage

Employability skills and transferable skills are skills that help people obtain and maintain jobs. These skills are also necessary to for people to be competitive in the evolving workforce.  Having an awareness of the different types of skills valued in the workplace, and how these skills may fit the job requirements for different careers, will help students make informed decisions for their future career options.  
 

Material & Preparation

  • Arrange for computer and internet access for students working in pairs or groups.
  • Ensure that students have a good understanding of employability skills and how these skills support aspects of a person’s work life
  • Download the What skills do I need? Reproducible (1 per student) [Google Doc] [PDF]

What to Do

Teachers could begin this lesson with a short discussion of what skills are important in various occupations. For example, teachers could ask students to suggest the skills that a person would need in each of the following occupations: Truck Driver, Financial Advisor, Carpenter, Computer Programmer, Nurse. For each career, teachers could make a list of skills suggested by the students, adding any provide important skills that are missed. The difference between the skills a person brings to the workplace from their education and training and those they developed elsewhere should be emphasized.

In this activity, students will explore career profiles to determine the employability skills possessed by the person profiled. They will then identify the corresponding duties/responsibilities the person has at work that are supported by each employability skill. Working in pairs or a team of three or four, students will select 3-5 career profiles from the Let’s Talk Science careers resource. Each student should include at least one profile from a career area of interest to them. Alternatively, teachers could select specific profiles for each group to use.

For each profile, students will identify and record three employability skills needed for the career. They will also note the specific duties reported in the career profile.  To help them recognize that employability skills are not specific to a particular occupation, students will also indicate the other duties that are supported by each of the employability skills they identify. 

To conclude this lesson, teachers could make a list of the different employability skills the students observed and the different duties those skills support. Questions to guide a wrap-up discussion may include: 

  • Which skill seemed to be the most important?
  • Which skills come up the most often? 
  • What makes a particular skill an “employability” skill?
  • How could you develop these employability skills in yourself? 

Teachers could use the following cross-section of occupations to create student-specific profile collections. 

Details

Assessment

Teachers could collect and review the What skills do I need? Reproducible and provide feedback/suggestions. 

Where students select profiles from career clusters that are of interest to them, these could be included in a personal career development portfolio. 

Assessment

Teachers could collect and review the What skills do I need? Reproducible and provide feedback/suggestions. 

Where students select profiles from career clusters that are of interest to them, these could be included in a personal career development portfolio. 

Downloads

What skills do I need? Reproducible [Google Doc] [PDF]

Downloads

What skills do I need? Reproducible [Google Doc] [PDF]