This lesson will work well in conjunction with any coursebook with a unit based on jobs and careers.
1. Start by writing this statement on the board
What skills are most valued by employers?
2. Discuss the key vocabulary:
Communication Skills, Honesty, Integrity, Teamwork Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Strong Work Ethic, Motivation/Initiative, Flexibility/Adaptability, Analytical Skills, Computer Skills, Organizational Skills
3. Using these as a list (you can write on the board or prepare as a worksheet beforehand), get students to rank the importance of skills from one to ten (one being most important and ten being least).
5. Get students to compare their ordering of the ratings with the official version. They should focus specifically on how they are different or similar to the NACE’s order. You can do this in a couple of ways:
- Ask students to write a short paragraph about why they think the scores are different
- Put students into small groups and get them brainstorming why the differences occur, reporting back to the other groups
6. Students conduct some research on one specific career. For the purpose of modeling, get students to investigate the information on bestcriminaljustice.com, a website that serves as a directory for those interested in a career in the criminal justice system. Set the following questions and get students to search the site for answers:
- What jobs and career tracks are available to you in the field of criminal justice?
- What criminal justice degrees or qualifications will help enhance your career in criminal justice?
Students work in groups and think about what they need to develop in terms of skills to pursue this career. They can then report back to other groups, the whole class discussing whether they agree with the ideas of the different groups.
7. Follow this up by having individual learners research their own career of interest in a similar way.