ARE 21 CENTURY 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?

 

ARE OUR STUDENTS PREPARED?

WHAT IS THE PERSPECTIVE FROM THE BUSINESS SECTOR?

“Success today relies heavily on individual flexibility and creativity . . . requires “soft skills” and personality traits that are not taught in most of today’s universities: social intelligence, passion, curiosity, optimism and, especially, common sense.”
– Dean Freeman in Wall Street Journal: Why Companies Aren’t Getting Grads With the Skills They Need
 What Sara possessed and Jane notably lacked were “soft skills”: the talents that business gurus have pinpointed as the modern workplace’s most sought-after qualities. Including intangible attributes such as punctuality, flexibility, good communication and cooperativeness, soft skills are impossible to quantify but are, according to increasingly exasperated bosses, potentially far more valuable than exam results.”
 IN ADDITION:
“Even graduates themselves have found that (soft) skills are more valuable to their careers than their degrees.”
 “…qualifications are important (but) just as important to us are so-called soft skills, character skills, the ability to get on with different people, to articulate yourself clearly, confidence, grit, self-control. They are saying we are not seeing enough of this in kids coming out of school.”
– Nick Hurd, the former Minister for Civil Society, UK

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.