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1 Employability Skills for Lynne Cagle University of North Texas

2 2 Questions What does “employability skills” mean? What does “employability skills” mean? What are employability skills? What are employability skills? How can I teach employability skills in my classroom? How can I teach employability skills in my classroom?

3 3 Definition Employability skills are TRANSFERABLE CORE SKILL GROUPS that represent essential FUNCTIONAL AND ENABLING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ATTITUDES required by the 21 st century workplace. They are necessary for career success at ALL LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION. Overtoom, 2000

4 4 National Studies American Society for Training and Development (Carnevale, Gainer, and Meltzer 1990) American Society for Training and Development (Carnevale, Gainer, and Meltzer 1990) Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS 1991) Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS 1991) The Employability Skills Profile: What Are Employers Looking For? (The Conference Board of Canada, 2000) The Employability Skills Profile: What Are Employers Looking For? (The Conference Board of Canada, 2000)

5 5 Skill Groups Across Job Families Basic Competency Skills Basic Competency Skills Reading Reading Writing Writing Composition Composition Communication Skills Communication Skills Speaking Speaking Listening Listening Carnevale, Gainer, and Meltzer, 1990

6 6 Skill Groups Across Job Families Adaptability Skills Adaptability Skills Problem solving Problem solving Thinking creatively Thinking creatively Developmental Skills Developmental Skills Self-esteem Self-esteem Motivation and goal-setting Motivation and goal-setting Career planning Career planning Carnevale, Gainer, and Meltzer, 1990

7 7 Skill Groups Across Job Families Group Effectiveness Skills Group Effectiveness Skills Interpersonal skills Interpersonal skills Teamwork Teamwork Negotiation Negotiation Influencing Skills Influencing Skills Understanding organizational culture Understanding organizational culture Sharing leadership Sharing leadership Carnevale, Gainer, and Meltzer, 1990

8 8 Employers want employees who: Value the importance of life-long learning Value the importance of life-long learning Communicate well (listen carefully and understand, speak and write effectively) Communicate well (listen carefully and understand, speak and write effectively) Think clearly, assess critically, act logically, and make decisions Think clearly, assess critically, act logically, and make decisions Have mathematical abilities and can solve problems Have mathematical abilities and can solve problems The Conference Board of Canada, 2000

9 9 Employers want employees who: Use technology, instruments, tools and information systems Use technology, instruments, tools and information systems Can access and apply specialized knowledge from other fields Can access and apply specialized knowledge from other fields Feel good about themselves and who know how to manage their lives well and with integrity Feel good about themselves and who know how to manage their lives well and with integrity The Conference Board of Canada, 2000

10 10 Employers want employees who: Have positive attitudes and behave in positive ways Have positive attitudes and behave in positive ways Have personal ethics and display initiative and persistence Have personal ethics and display initiative and persistence Take responsibility and are accountable Take responsibility and are accountable Set goals and priorities and who manage their own time Set goals and priorities and who manage their own time The Conference Board of Canada, 2000

11 11 Employers want employees who: Are adaptable, able to think creatively, and who work successfully in a team Are adaptable, able to think creatively, and who work successfully in a team Automatically include others in their decision-making process Automatically include others in their decision-making process Show respect for the opinions and concerns of co-workers Show respect for the opinions and concerns of co-workers The Conference Board of Canada, 2000

12 12 Teaching Employability Skills Currently two identified methods Currently two identified methods Method 1: Developing/Teaching stand-alone lessons Method 1: Developing/Teaching stand-alone lessons Developing a complete lesson around an identified skill (i.e. Resume Writing, Communication Skills, Interviewing Techniques) Developing a complete lesson around an identified skill (i.e. Resume Writing, Communication Skills, Interviewing Techniques) Method 2: Infusing Employability Skills into existing lessons Method 2: Infusing Employability Skills into existing lessons Highlighting the importance of the skill as it relates to a current lesson and to general work requirements Highlighting the importance of the skill as it relates to a current lesson and to general work requirements

13 “To be employed is to be at risk, to be employable is to be secure.” Peter Hawkins


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