4 Ways to Prepare Students for Their Future Career

A Looming Jobs Problem

Only 11 percent of business leaders say graduating college students are “well prepared for success at work.” That’s according to a recent Gallup survey.

Another survey of parents for NBC News, State of Parenting: A Snapshot of Today’s Families, found a little over 40 percent of parents who say the education provided for children in their neighborhood “at the elementary, middle, and high school level is preparing them to enter the job market if they choose not to go to college.”

Future PotentialFinding Balance

While Millennials and the generations to follow face a different job market than the one of their predecessors, there are steps parents and teachers can take to develop students’ future potential.

“At Pearson, we’re helping people take meaningful, measurable steps in their lives through access to better learning,” says Leah Jewell, the company’s managing director of Workforce Readiness.

This includes equipping learners with the 21st century skills they need—including critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills—to succeed in the global workforce of tomorrow.

Prepared for a Career

Two sets of skills will help students on this path to a career: technical skills and social skills. Technical skills include working knowledge of practical applications such as coding or robotics. Social skills, also known as soft skills described previously in LearnED, include traits such as adaptability, resilience, and optimism.

Here are four major areas that parents and teachers can use to help students to be more career ready:

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