The Career Readiness Partner Council recently released a statement titled Building Blocks of Change: What it Means to be Career Ready. Multiple business, human interest, policy and educational organizations have endorsed the document, which explains what being career ready entails.
Key factors for being ready to pursue a productive career include: knowledge in technology, academics and employability, as well as skill sets and attitude as being important. Here are some of the broad skills that are considered necessary for becoming globally competent.
It’s common for people to switch careers. Emerging technology, unreliable markets and self-run businesses make up a large portion of the statistics which state that the average person goes through seven careers in their life. The ability to adapt, learn new skills and keep up with new research and development is essential to both personal and economic success for any nation. The newly-released statement emphasizes the ability to learn and adapt as requisites for succeeding in the international workforce. The United States isn’t alone in realizing this key to prosperity. Numerous other nations are also choosing it as the building block of their education reform efforts.
Communication is essential for career preparedness. Being able to communicate effectively is a necessary skill for all workers, but in an increasingly global community, students will need to communicate with people who speak another language. This is evidenced in the way that Career and Technical Education programs often provide students with chances to learn another language. In many areas of the country, positions remain empty because too few people can speak a second language.
Being able to use technology effectively is another important part of being globally competent. Technology is heavily relied upon in numerous jobs and is constantly evolving. Involving technology in teaching and learning doesn’t just give students a valuable skill. It also gives them access to the world at large and enables them to communicate with a wider variety of people. Once they join the international labor force, they’ll be experienced in communicating with other cultures.
Real-world experience is another key part of the career readiness statement. Things like job shadowing, apprenticeships and internships help students in virtually any career be ready to enter the work force. If you are currently in school, make sure to maximize these opportunitites to improve your chances of landing the job you want.