Career Skills Learned in High School
November 2, 2016
Throughout high school, AHN students obtain many important career skills. These skills help students to be successful in the work world and excel in their careers. Many students are not aware of the valuable lessons and skills they are developing in the classroom. Below is a list of seven skills that will bring a student success in their future:
1. Time Management
Time management is a key skill students must acquire to survive in high school. By the time students reach senior year, they will be scheduling what time they take their showers and eat their meals. With only 24 hours in the day, every minute is precious.
2. Stress Management
Conquering the time-management problems they face is only half the battle for AHN students, because with managing time, comes stress. Making schedules of a million things that must be squeezed into one week can be very stressful. Throughout high school students are constantly exploring different techniques for stress management and by the time they graduate, they have likely learned to cope with almost every stressful situation.
A successful way to manage time and stress is organization. When developing systems to manage meetings, deadlines and projects students are practicing the handy skill of organization. Keeping a planner and writing reminders is a great way to stay organized.
4. Leadership & Working in Groups
Leadership is a valuable skill students obtain when assigned to work on group projects. There are always the girls who like to sit back and spectate while another girl is slaving over a project. Learning how to take charge and motivate group members helps in the long run with dealing with lazy coworkers. Working in groups also gives students collaborative skills that will help to respect the needs and contributions of others.
Junior Feraby Hoffman states, “I think being able to work in a group and knowing how to cooperate with people are important skills you learn in high school.”
5. Speaking & Presenting
Speaking in front of the class is a dreadful task for most students, but it is an important skill to practice. When students enter the work world, they will have a lot of experience at giving presentations and speaking to a group of people. Practice makes perfect.
During their high school career, students write hundreds of papers and emails. Knowing how to properly write a research paper or formally address an email are key skills that will help when applying for jobs.
7. Work Ethic
One of the best skills students cultivate in high school is their work ethic. Employers seek to hire people who are dedicated and hardworking. While the measure of work ethic in high school is grades, in the workforce it is initiative, drive, and promotions. Students can give themselves an advantage by beginning to develop themselves as a productive worker in high school.
Although high school can be very stressful and overwhelming, students who are constantly developing these skills are likely to find success in their future careers.