5 Key Soft Skills

What are Soft Skills? Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. Recent studies have found that employers think personality skills are just as important, if not more important, than hard skills.

This infographic discusses five key soft skills and why employers find them to be essential in today’s workplace. Download it today as a daily reminder for your students of the importance of developing these skills.

Learn More: In our recent webinar, Best Practices for Teaching Soft Skills, we share tips and best practices for teaching students the soft skills they’ll need for life beyond the classroom. Watch it here.

It’s Time to Focus on Time Management

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

TimeManagement

All day, every day, we take steps to manage our time. From coordinating calendars and communicating with loved ones to prioritizing tasks at work and home, we are challenged on a daily basis to balance the time we are given each day. Time management is so important, in fact, that February is National Time Management Month!

Time management is an important skill that helps keep personal and professional priorities under control. It also helps reduce stress. You’ve heard the saying “time is money.” As all employers know, wasted time is indeed a waste of money – and a drain on resources for employers.

Today’s students need to be aware of their own time management skills and how they can strengthen areas that may need improvement, no matter what career path they enter. Resources like our RealCareer™ Employability Skills Program can help students learn the importance of time as a finite resource, and how to manage it well.

You can learn more about how our soft skills program addresses time management by downloading this free lesson, which challenges students to prioritize tasks and overcome barriers to time management.

How are you helping your students develop good time management skills? Share your feedback in the comments!

School Funding Announcement: $500 AAE Member Grant Now Available

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

We know funding dollars are precious. That’s why we are constantly searching for school funding opportunities for educators. Recently, our school funding experts uncovered a grant from the Association of American Educators (AAE) for up to $500. The grant application is due March 1 and can be applied for by any AAE member.

This grant may be a great funding opportunity for purchasing the new RealCareer™ Employability Skills Program by Realityworks. This engaging, easy-to-implement program uses hands-on activities and real-world applications to teach students 20 soft skills, from communication and interpersonal skills to time management and responsibility – and best of all, the program is just $499.

The RealCareer™ Employability Skills Program

The RealCareer™ Employability Skills Program

It includes:

  • 19-lesson teacher guide
  • Set of 20 student workbooks
  • 19 Career-Ready Workplace Scenario Cards
  • 33 presentation slides

Learn more about this turnkey program here.  Find the grant application here.

When completing the grant application you’ll be asked to answer four key questions. To expedite your application process, we have provided the answers regarding our Employability Skills Program for you below:

  1. List of the materials that you are asking for: 19-lesson teacher guide, set of 20 student workbooks, 19 Career-Ready Workplace Scenario Cards, 33 presentation slides.
  1. What will these materials be used for and why are they needed? Helping students become college and career-ready is a primary goal our programs. One way to ensure career readiness is to give students the opportunity to actively practice a variety of soft skills. There is a soft skills gap currently in the United States which exceeds the technical skills gap we hear so much about.
  1. What will be the benefit for the students in your class and/or school from receiving these materials? This program gives students the opportunity for practical application of 20 different soft skills needed to get and keep a job. Each lesson includes two to four activities with students actively using the soft skill highlighted in that lesson in a variety of workplace scenarios and challenges.
  1. Include a lesson plan illustrating how these materials will be used. Click here for a sample lesson.

Not the grant for you, but want to find more school funding opportunities? We offer a robust Funding Center on our website. It includes information on fundraising and donations, PTAs and booster clubs, grants and crowdfunding. We even offer a free, searchable grants database. Click here to start exploring.