Soft skills are everyday interpersonal skills that job seekers need to succeed on the job. They include communicating clearly and appropriately, remembering work directions, working well with others, and knowing how to solve problems. These skills will help youth succeed in life no matter what they are doing. They are necessary for youth to succeed in education, job training, independent living, community participation, and, ultimately, in the workplace.
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills is a curriculum developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor to help teach youth those important soft skills or workforce readiness skills. It is created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, targeted at youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. It is a modular, hands-on curriculum with engaging activities and fun games that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.1 The curriculum can be used to supplement existing soft skills exercises or used on its own.
Workforce Solutions is proud to make the "When I Grow Up" workforce education curriculum available to you AT NO CHARGE. The curriculum can be used in conjunction with your school's career day or done in the classroom. The lesson plans are TEKS-aligned and designed to be flexible so you can customize them to suit your instructional needs.