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Old 01-25-2013, 07:14 AM
 
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One of my Grandchildren who is a Jr in College learning Finance told me that the Career Planning and Placement Center at his College is offering a weekend program all about soft skills on the job. It will cost about $300 and goes on for two days.

His father thinks it is the dumbest thing he ever heard of an said no wonder the tuition is so high. I disagree. What do you think?

Here is what they will be learning about:

Working with Difficult Coworkers
Workplace Communication
Managing Your Supervisor
Developing a 60 Second Elevator Pitch
Reading the Workplace Culture
Phone and Email Etiquette
Conflict in the Workplace beyond one on one interaction
Handshaking/Eye Contact
Speed Reading People
Personality Types in a Business Setting

If you were a college jr would you sign up?
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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Most colleges offer those programs for free. I can't believe the career services center is charging $300. For 2 days, it's unlikely to have much impact. It takes 21 days to change a habit. The biggest concern is that he forgets all the soft skills material, before he gets his first professional job. It's hard to practice the lessons without a job. It would be more useful in his 1st month at corporate.

You can find free weekly career skills classes. I signed up for a FREE weekly career skills class for 9 months(basically 2 semesters) held by a charity. While it covered the job hunting aspects of your soft skills class, it did not cover relationships in the workplace.

Most of the participants were middle aged HS graduates. They averaged a 40% increase in salary within the first 4 months. I doubled my salary from $12/hr to $50k/yr. Once you have the skills, they continue to pay dividends for the rest of your life. I was laid off again, but I was able to find a job immediately for over $80k/yr. It's best to start early, then you have a longer time period for the rewards to accumulate.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:51 AM
 
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Most colleges offer those programs for free. I can't believe the career services center is charging $300. For 2 days, it's unlikely to have much impact. It takes 21 days to change a habit. The biggest concern is that he forgets all the soft skills material, before he gets his first professional job. It's hard to practice the lessons without a job. It would be more useful in his 1st month at corporate.

You can find free weekly career skills classes. I signed up for a FREE weekly career skills class for 9 months(basically 2 semesters) held by a charity. While it covered the job hunting aspects of your soft skills class, it did not cover relationships in the workplace.

Most of the participants were middle aged HS graduates. They averaged a 40% increase in salary within the first 4 months. I doubled my salary from $12/hr to $50k/yr. Once you have the skills, they continue to pay dividends for the rest of your life. I was laid off again, but I was able to find a job immediately for over $80k/yr. It's best to start early, then you have a longer time period for the rewards to accumulate.
So you are saying because it is only two days people will forget it because they won't work for another two years? Interesting perspective but they are going into Professional Internships next term, in most cases their first time working in an office.
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