Enhance Your College/Career Readiness Program with “Soft Skills” Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence LifeSmart Publishing, LLC Are You Preparing Collegeand Career-Ready Students? Universities and employers are looking for well-prepared high school graduates who are ready to take on the challenges and responsibilities of higher level academics and the workplace. Will They Get This? Or This? Let’s Look at the Facts Fact #1: Among the top eighteen industrialized nations in the world, the United States ranks ninth in the world in enrollment but dead last in completion rates. Fact #2: The teen jobless rate in the U.S. has been over 20% for five years (currently 24.1%). Many employers say, when given a choice, they prefer to hire older applicants due to the lack of work ethic and reliability in young people. Fact #3: According to colleges and employers, young adults are less than successful at college and in the workplace not for lack of academic knowledge, but for lack of “soft skills” like endurance, self-reliance, communication, resourcefulness, and problem-solving. What are “soft skills?” They include: Strategic perspective and focus Character and ethics Relationship building and communication Personal productivity/discipline Modeling the qualities employers value Establishing a Personal Leadership Foundation 1 2 Life Perspective Character Relationships Worth Purpose Vision for Success Center/Focus Outlook Strategic View Integrity Kindness Honor and Respect Encouragement Self-discipline Humility Commitment to Excellence First Impressions Selectivity Patience and Trust Communication/Listening Healthy Dating Respectful Disagreement Team Orientation Personal Leadership Foundation Productivity Health Overcoming Adversity Goal Setting Decision Making Time Management Study Disciplines Building an Edge Marketing Skill Body Mind Spirit Emotions Discipline Acceptance Perseverance Patience Lessons Learned Embracing Change Strategic Perspective and Focus Desired Outcomes: Sense of vision and purpose Holistic definition of “success” Positive outlook and attitude Other-centeredness Character and Ethics Desired Outcomes: Commitment to excellence Non-negotiable integrity Modeling qualities of honorable leaders Demonstrating self-discipline and respect Relationship Building and Communication Desired Outcomes: Building healthy friendships Being an encouraging team player Respectful and adaptable communications Listening to understand Personal Productivity and Discipline Desired Outcomes: Effective goal setting and time management Objective decision making Strong learning disciplines Perseverance through stress and adversity Modeling the Qualities Employers Value Desired Outcomes: Effective goal setting and time management Objective decision making Strong learning disciplines Excellence in everything The What I Wish I Knew at 18 Life Skills and Leadership Course targets these vital topics with relevant insight, instruction, and application Leadership Speaking to Your Program Needs What I Wish I Knew at 18 Comprehensive vision for a successful launch into adulthood Personal leadership and life skills Wisdom for key decisions based on the ways of honorable leaders Conversationally and universally written for young and old alike About the Course Generally for upper high school grades but easily adapted to lower grades 9- or 18-week program Free downloadable leader’s guide with lesson planning tools and resources High level of flexibility for facilitators Invaluable, relevant, and interactive content Targets key concepts that promote life readiness Sample Lessons Student Guide Recognize that First Impressions are Huge – Page 43 Become a Masterful Decision-Maker – Page 58 Demonstrate the Qualities Employers Value – Page 88 Versatile Resources to Support Your Objectives Core curriculum (or supplemental resource) for leadership/life skills, family, college/career readiness, and relationship courses Resource for student mentoring Summer reading book for all students Student Advisory and At-Risk resource Designed to improve student performance and school culture Contact Information Available at dennistrittin.com, Amazon, AtlasBooks, bookstores Contact: Dennis Trittin, President and CEO: (920) 319-3169 (mobile) [email protected] Bulk pricing and discounts Weekly newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter THANK YOU for building the next generation of honorable leaders. We salute you!