(Myth) Once a career is chosen, then the person is
stuck with it.
Skills, Attitude, and Qualities
to Get and Keep a Job.
1. Communication Skills
2. Teamwork Skills
3. Self-Motivated/Ability to work with little or no
5. Dedication/Hardworking/Work Ethic
6. Planning/Organizing Skills
10. Honesty/Integrity/Morality—Character Counts!
11. Computer/Technical Skills
12. Interpersonal Abilities
13. Self Presentation Skills
14. Multi-Tasking Skills
15. Positive Attitude/Motivation/Energetic
17. Leadership/Management Skills
18. Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness
21. Willingness to Learn
22. Customer Service Skills
23. Common Sense
Having and using your life skills and abilities to
be hired and stay hired.
(Truth) Most people change careers at least 5-
7 times in their lives. Skills developed in one
job can be used in different lines of work or
1. Present positive qualities
2. Communicate effectively with ALL
employers, co-workers, and
consumers (i.e. customers, clients,
patients, users, etc.)
3. Meet your responsibilities at work
What are employability skills?
Knowledge in a specific career.
An electrician knows wiring
An auto mechanic knows engine repair
Includes Life Skills
1. Decision Making - Shows you know how to
2. Problem Solving - Shows leadership role to
find a positive solution.
3. Goal Setting - Shows you know how to set
up a plan to achieve specific goals.
4. Critical Thinking - Shows you know how to
be objective and think logically
5. Communicating Effectively - Shows you
know how to work with others.
1. Positive Attitude - Do not criticize others
2. Cooperative - Shows respect for employer
3. Accepting and using Feedback - Shows
you want to learn and are willing to improve.
4. Flexibility - Accept change and adapt to
5. Leadership - Able to make decisions and
solve problems. Shows others respect and
people want to work with you.
How to Build Employability Skills?
Conflict Resolution - Look for ways to reduce
conflict with siblings and communicate more
effectively with parents.
Set Academic Goals - Create a plan to
Be Active in a Club - DECA, Cyber Security,
Team Sports, 4-H, Student Cabinet, and more.
Participate In Some Form of Community
Service - Dedicate your time and energy
toward improving the community.
When looking at Job
What are the responsibilities?
What kind of education or training is
What is the pay range?
What is the work environment?
Where is the job?
Realistic Career-Related Goals
1. One that you can plan for and actually
2. You have the resources to accomplish.
3. Uses your skills and abilities.
4. Should be specific
State exactly what you want to accomplish
When you believe you could achieve the goal
Where you hope to live and work
Haven’t Chosen a Career?
Set goals for academic achievement
Set goals for volunteering
Set goals for researching different
types of careers.
Set goals for building skills and
Set goals for earning and saying
A Career Plan
A map that can show you a way to
reach your goals.
First, write a statement describing
your ultimate career goal.
Example: I will be an Occupational
Physical Therapist in Colorado by the
time I am 30 years old.
Add Short-Term Career Goals
Include a timeline, for example:
1. Get an “A” in health class this semester
2. Volunteer at a physical rehabilitation center
3. Research Colleges and Universities that
offer physical therapy degrees by the end of
Plans change over time
Goals and/or resources can change
so remain flexible and be ready to
implement your plan “B.”
Giving up one thing to get something
Focus on things that are most
Create your own opportunities