ARE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS (Soft Skills) REALLY NECESSARY?

If we want our graduates to be flexible, determined, curious, responsible, and innovative, we need to explicitly teach them how to develop these skills.
MindSage provides your students access to cutting edge, soft skills training before entering college.

“Soft skills are the reason why women such as Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, have soared to the very top, overtaking her Harvard contemporaries.”

-Sheryl Sandberg’s earlier
boss, Lant Pritchett.t.

INVESTING IN THE
FUTURE WORKFORCE

Is the $70 billion spent on corporate soft skills training addressing the cause? Or just addressing the symptom?

 

CASEL and Committee for Children Host Congressional Briefing on SEL and Employability Skills

“This briefing was timely as Congress is now considering reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. Today employers in every industry sector emphasize the need for employees with certain foundational skills. These include strong academic fundamentals like reading, writing, and math. But equally important to their success now and in the future is their mastery of employability skills like teamwork, problem solving, work ethic, and integrity—skills that are taught within social and emotional learning. All these skills can be taught, and research shows that students and adults with these skills do better in school, in the workplace, and in life”

Read the entire SEL  / Employability Skills report here.

Perception vs. Reality

Student’s believe they are prepared for the work place.  But the evaluation employers give recent college graduate tells another story.

According to a report by Hart Research Associates for The Association of American Colleges and Universities, employers give college graduates low scores for preparedness across learning outcomes while students believe they are better prepared.

Below are the proportions in how recent college graduates view their readiness and preparedness in each area, versus how employers view them:

Working with others in teams.
Students 64%
Employers 37%
Oral Communication.
Students 62%
Employers 28%
Critical/Analytical thinking.
Students 66%
Employers 26%
Being Innovative/creative.
Students 57%
Employers 24%
Problem Solving.
Students 59%
Employers 24%
Applying skills/knowledge to real world.
Students 59%
Employers 23%

The trend continues when skills related to working globally are compared:

Awareness and experience of diverse cultures in the U.S. – 48% of graduates believe they are ready, whereas only 21% of employers surveyed feel recent graduates are well prepared in this area.
Working with people from different backgrounds – 55% of graduates believe they are ready, whereas only 18% of employers surveyed feel recent graduates are well prepared in this area.
Awareness and experience of diverse cultures outside of the U.S. – 42% of graduates believe they are ready, whereas only 15% of employers surveyed feel recent graduates are well prepared in this area.

We’re not saying that academics aren’t important.

 

Researchers are saying learning soft skills in school can improve academic performance and give graduates an advantage when competing for jobs in a global job marketplace.

CURRENT APPROACH:

“U.S. spending on corporate training grew by 15% last year (the highest growth rate in seven years) to over $70 Billion in the U.S. and over $130 Billion worldwide.”
-Forbes.com

A COOPERATIVE APPROACH

“In order to ensure that students graduate with the skills needed for the jobs that exist, companies need to work with the education system, government and labor. These public-private partnerships are critical because they allow for the marriage of supply and demand.”
– Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens USA

Soft skills training for adults, employed or not, is beneficial.

We strongly believe that more could be accomplished if students developed soft skills before graduation.

Developing graduates that are outstanding, highly successful employees no matter what profession or career they choose, is the focus and purpose of MindSage.

Give your students skills that will benefit them throughout their schooling, into the workplace and throughout life.

Contact us below if you’d like to find out how you can get started with MindSage.