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What are employability skills?

A set of achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and to be successful in their chosen careers.

Why are these skills important?

Employers often look for skills that stretch beyond job qualifications and work experience. Applicants must possess extensive knowledge of soft skills to be considered worthy candidates.

What is the Employability Skills Academy (ESA)?

A 16-hour academy committed to enhancing student success and provide learning experiences that may effectively improve the success rate in gaining and retaining employment. Upon successful completion of the Academy, graduates will receive a certificate of completion, one vocational skill credit and the knowledge and skills to:

  • Exhibit self-confidence through believing in your professional abilities.
  • Live with self-esteem by projecting a positive orientation towards yourself.
  • Practice positive social and interpersonal skills such as the ability to interact with people in appropriate ways both in person and through social media.
  • Communicate effectively by conveying information that is both received and understood appropriately.
  • Be a reliable person by keeping consistently high standards regarding attendance and time commitments.
  • Present yourself as a professional by consistently dressing appropriately and maintaining a polite and courteous manner. 

Through a series of fun, integrated activities combined with lectures, you'll feel comfortable collaborating with peers and learning how to make an incredible first impression with those you meet.  

What skills are covered in the ESA? 

  • Communication/listening
  • Teamwork & problem-solving
  • Etiquette (business & social)
  • Work ethic
  • Customer service
  • Presenting yourself
  • Resumeé 911 & interview bootcamp
  • Digital dirt
  • Time management