Future-proofing your child: four essential work skills to learn now – guest post

As parents it is very easy to worry so much about our children’s qualifications that we can forget the many other skills employers look for when they offer that first job. What skills do employers want to see evidence of and how can your child be acquiring and demonstrating these?

The four essential skills listed below can actually be acquired in a number of ways but there is one route that helps your child to acquire all of these in one fun-filled summer.

Language camps over the school holidays offered by organisations such as ESL- Language Travel (whose QYPE profile details their activities) give your child the chance to show independence, learn a language, take part in team games and fill the summer learning gap with such activities as reading or writing.

1 Language skills

The popularity of English courses in London can blind us Brits into believing that a second language is something those who do not speak English need to acquire while we rest on our laurels.

In today’s multinational world this is actually far from the case. There are undisputed personal, professional, social and economic considerations that all point to the advantages of learning a foreign language.

If businesses are to compete in our global economy they must deal with other cultures on their own terms. There is a dire need for bilingual employees in the modern workforce and knowledge of another language can open unexpected doors for your child.

Organisations such as ESL Languages offer tailored courses for youngsters of all ages to learn a language, often while living abroad and experiencing a new culture.

2 Team skills

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Employers also look for those with team and leadership skills. Evidence of having joined a society, volunteered for a charity or played for the local football team are all great ways of demonstrating the development of these skills. Older children who have worked at weekends can use this experience to enhance their employability after school and college.

3 Independence

Employers paradoxically look for both team skills and evidence of independence. Having started your own blog, travelled with friends, been passionate about a cause or worked as a volunteer are all ways your child can demonstrate their growing independence.

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4 Reading and writing

The profusion of opportunities to write and read beyond books and paper in recent years has underlined the importance of reading and writing skills.

Thanks to the internet we no longer just read newspapers or write the occasional letter: email, texting, e-books and even researching information on your mobile phone is now part of everyday life. The importance of good reading and writing skills has increased for employers as a result.

This is a guest post. I hope some of you will find this useful – Meg