Soft Skills and Work Readiness

Soft skills, or employability skills, have become the hard skills of today’s workforce. Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation and Stanford Research Center concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well-developed soft skills, and only 15% of job success comes from technical skills and knowledge. Yet, employers say that applicants are unprepared for work because of their lack of these soft, employability skills.

A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur

students in class on laptopsThis series of nine, 3-page lessons opens with a short message from an entrepreneur and continues with 2 pages of concepts related to the message, 1 page of activities, and web links to small businesses. Topics include Starting Up, Financing the Business, Working with Customers, Human Resources, Balancing Work and Home Life, and much more. Students learn about the rewards, challenges, and day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of an entrepreneur. A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur is an excellent companion to Quick Skills: Skills for the First-Time Entrepreneur E-Text. With these two resources, students gain a broad picture of small business ownership and a view of how they will spend their daily time. The Instructor’s Manual containing ample additional activities and more websites gives teachers the ability the fit A Day in the Life of an Entrepreneur into grading periods of different lengths.