Teaching Teens to Take the Initiative

by Jennifer Applebaum

carla01 (c)In Commonwealth Corporation’s 2013 study of over 200 employers, initiative rose to the top of employer identified problems. 49% of employers agreed with the statement that “Teens have less initiative” as compared to other statements like “Teens take longer to train” with which only 9% of employers agreed.  Many employers also raise the specific concern that younger workers are less likely to productively redirect themselves during downtime As such, increasing students’ abilities to demonstrate initiative is an important objective for career readiness programs, and we have developed some strategies to help students build the practice of demonstrating initiative. Continue reading “Teaching Teens to Take the Initiative”