High school is one of the most critical times in an individual’s life. It is the transitional period between childhood and adulthood and comes with various experiences that will stick forever. In addition to the well-rounded education you receive in high school, you’re also learning social skills needed to enter the workforce.
While schools help students learn how to show up on time, be prepared, and work with others, there are ways to advance career skills at school in and outside the classroom. Our youth workforce programs provide participants with this type of training to help prepare them for their future. Below are five things school curriculums can emphasize to help students build careers after graduation:
How to write a resume
Employers and recruiters are often surprised by how many applicants do not submit a proper resume when they first begin hiring. Unfortunately, this skill is not always taught in high school, and if students do not have parents or role models to help them, they could face employment struggles due to this lack of knowledge. Teaching how to write a resume is a simple but effective way to increase students’ success upon graduation.
Employers expect employees to follow certain social norms, such as showing up on time and retaining a professional demeanor in their day-to-day. While some of this is expected in school, not all students will be prepared for the often tricky social landscape of the corporate world. Providing them with some insider tricks will help them feel more at home in their first job and ensure they can advance more quickly after graduation.
Proper work attire
Not everyone knows what “business casual” means, especially if they’ve never had a job. Help your students make a great first impression by teaching them how to dress for success. This can also include grooming tips such as hairstyles and accessory choices appropriate for the corporate world. While students should be encouraged to explore their style, a few tips, such as avoiding shorts and T-shirts for interviews, can help them navigate the ways of the adult world.
Career discipline and planning
Most high school students will not know precisely what they want to do with their careers upon graduation. However, teaching them how to use their initiative and create actionable career plans can help them successfully navigate the job market and pivot throughout their career. Teach them how to make actionable career goals and discipline themselves to reach such purposes, so they have the skills to succeed no matter where life takes them. Many after-school programs and activities do a great job of teaching this, but it can also be incorporated into classroom learning.
Help with college applications.
The university system has dramatically changed since today’s parents and teachers have used it. The application process for students is complex and should be supported by teachers and parents. Take time out of the classroom schedule to support seniors’ college and financial aid applications, as this stress can overwhelm even the most talented students.