Soft Skills Young Individuals Need to Help Them Succeed
The global youth unemployment rate is at an all-time high, but not for the reasons you think.
It is true that nowadays, you need a lot more than a good resume and an undergraduate degree to land a good job. But for youth who don’t have much experience working, it’s even harder. And one reason for that is because for their lack of soft skills.
What are Soft Skills?
‘Soft skills’ is an umbrella term for desirable qualities that are required in certain fields of employment. These skills include but are not limited to:
- Social skills
- People skills
- Character skills
- A Positive attitude
- Communicative skills
- Social intelligence and tact
- Emotional intelligence
- Career attributes
Of course, developing leadership values that encompass most of these skills is not possible without hands on professional experience. And that may not be possible for someone under the age of 21.
There are still some skills that can be fine tuned through odd jobs and social activities.
Aside from the workplace, these skills are also useful in other parts of your life. Common courtesy like respecting one another, knowing how to resolve conflict and expressing appreciation for something are basic social norms. By exercising them in the workplace, one cannot only improve their standing in front of their employers; they can also improve their chances for entrepreneurial success.
These don’t only involve verbal skills such as interpretation of ideas and knowledge. Non-verbal skills are just as important. Employers need to know that their workers can confidently convey the company’s message to their customers, and can in turn, understand non-verbal cues themselves.
Higher-Order Thinking and Decision Making Skills
Higher-order thinking requires the employee to depend on themselves, their knowledge and their past experiences to make the right decision when faced with a problem in the workplace. This promotes an independent way of thinking, which employers greatly value in their workers.
Patience and Self-Control
This refers to the ability to control impulses and the need for instant gratification, and regulate their behavior so they can make better decisions regardless of the circumstances. This involves an employee’s dedication to an efficient work ethic, not something that younger people are able to achieve until they are exposed to a professional environment.
Being self-aware and confident of one’s own talent is a major soft skill that’s valued in multiple countries around the world. A positive attitude about work and about one’s own part in that work inevitably affects the person’s job performance and that only works in their favor.
Helping the Youth Develop their Soft Skills
Youth with a Future makes it easier for the younger generation to become more confident in their professional lives. With leadership development workshops and seminars, the organization helps the youth understand their current times and influences their present and future abilities and skills.