If you’re a parent or teacher, then I would bet that you’re well aware of the ongoing efforts to encourage young people to pursue careers in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. As a mechanical engineer and a father, I’m an ardent supporter of this movement.
However, while I support the emphasis on STEM curriculums, I feel that the time and focus required to build strong technical skills often results in too little time spent on the development of soft skills. This is unfortunate, because STEM employers know, and research shows, that high performing STEM employees must have outstanding soft skills, coupled with a foundation of strong technical skills.
What’s The Big Deal About Soft Skills?
Why are soft skills so vital? One answer is because STEM employees, like most employees, rarely work in a vacuum. As a result, they need to know how to effectively speak, listen, write, collaborate with others, and much more, in order to add value to their employer.
For these reasons, and many others, I decided to write this STRAIGHT TALK GUIDE to support parents in their efforts to help their STEM students build strong soft skills.
This GUIDE: A Labor of Love
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that creating this GUIDE has been a labor of love for me. It’s the GUIDE I wish I would’ve had when our three twenty-something boys were growing up.
In looking back now, I know that I missed lots of opportunities to have conversations with our guys about soft skills and their importance.
I’m doing my best these days to make up for lost time, but nothing can replace the opportunities that show up almost daily when our kids are moving through school, especially during middle school, high school and college.
It’s a Conversation Starter
Creating and seizing opportunities for conversations about soft skills is what this GUIDE is really about. I’ve assembled eight powerful strategies that you can use to help your child build awareness, knowledge and skills related to the wide array of soft skills needed in the workplace, and in life.
This GUIDE is essentially a catalyst to help you engage in learning and development conversations, while also building your relationship. To support these goals, each chapter ends with specific actions that you can take.
Plus, the Resources and Worksheets chapters contain lots of support and learning development materials.
Learning the GUIDE Content is Easy, Convenient…and FREE
If you’re in a position of influence with young people, whether as a parent, teacher, or in some other role, I encourage you to consider downloading the FREE PDF document.
I’ve worked hard to make the PDF version easy to use and learn from. As I reveal in the video below, every chapter in the GUIDE is supported by an optional video that also shares the chapter content. if you prefer, the videos will let you watch instead of read.
For the first time, I’m also offering this GUIDE content in the form of a FREE 10-Module Email Course. This makes the learning more convenient by breaking it into bite-sized daily chunks that are delivered straight to your Inbox early each morning.
I invite you to watch the 4-minute intro video below to learn more:
Are You Ready To Get Your FREE GUIDE or 10-Module Email Course?
To go to the page for the PDF Version of the GUIDE, click HERE.
To go to the sign-up page for the 10-Module Email Course, click HERE.
To check out my first GUIDE on Conducting Informational Interviews and to learn about other GUIDES in the pipeline, take a glance at the updated Learning Store page HERE.
Question: What methods have you been using to help your kids and/or students build their awareness, knowledge and development of soft skills? You can leave a comment by clicking here.