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Everyone is talking about soft skills! The World Economic Forum lists 8 of the 10 top skills for 2025 as soft skills. Join our discussion on the JAKAPA page on LinkedIn or schedule a demo to learn how we are helping our clients build awareness, support skill development, and realize bettter outcomes.

How To Improve Your Ability To Work Independently

With some offices moving to remote work, being able to work independently can be an important skill to possess. This article explores what working independently is, the benefits of working independently, important traits for working independently and how to improve your ability to work independently. February 22, 2021.

How To Improve Your Ability To Work Independently

Beyond the Test: How Teaching Soft Skills Helps Students Succeed

Often when designing lessons, teachers are deliberate about identifying and communicating cognitive skill goals to students. We should be equally deliberate with teaching young people non-cognitive skills, or soft skills, because those with the strongest soft skills are most likely to excel in school, work and life. This article offers ways that teachers can thoughtfully incorporate soft skills training into overall course design and individual lesson plans.

Beyond the Test: How Teaching Soft Skills Helps Students Succeed

Why It’s Important to Learn Soft Skills in High School

The American Hospitality Academy World Campus ​​recommends that high school students who are considering a career in the hospitality industry begin learning soft skills as soon as possible, preferably while they are still in high school. Hospitality businesses like restaurants, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, cafes and clubs are more likely to hire workers with strong soft skills than their counterparts with poor soft skills. Other benefits of students learning soft skills in high school include: It prepares them for postsecondary education, it helps them communicate, and it helps students manage their time.

Why It’s Important to Learn Soft Skills in High School

What is Cultural Competence and How to Develop It?

Cultural competence is a necessary personal and workplace skill because we live in a global society. Developing this skill helps us understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. Cultural competency skills can also help businesses run more productively and efficiently. The following link provides strategies to help develop and enhance one’s ability to practice effective communication in intercultural situations. April 4, 2020.

What is Cultural Competence and How to Develop It?

How Can Schools Ensure All Students Benefit From a High-Quality School Counseling Program?

School counselors have an important role in helping students with academics, social-emotional support and post-secondary plans. But sometimes the students who could benefit the most from the help of a school counselor have limited access to it. The pandemic made it even harder for students to have access to school counselors at a time when anxiety and depression were on the rise, there were academic concerns and colleges were changing their admissions process. A new policy brief from the Harvard Graduate School of Education highlights a few key considerations to help schools and districts ensure all students are benefiting from counseling programs. January 14, 2022.

How Can Schools Ensure All Students Benefit From a High-Quality School Counseling Program?

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