The Importance of Practice

By Emily Kotwal

talkingOver the last year, I have watched my first child develop some of the most fundamental skills: making vocal sounds, putting something (OK, everything) in his mouth, rolling over, walking…the list goes on. For all of these skills, I have seen him progress through the same stages. He observes. He mimics. He tries over and over. He looks for approval. Finally, he succeeds.

The stage he spends the most time is the trying, but each stumble, fall, and gentle bit of correction comprises the practice the gets him mastery. This process of exposure, experimentation, corrections and lots of practice is also key to building career readiness skills and a huge part of what we do at Signal Success. Continue reading “The Importance of Practice”

Future Ready

 What can you do to help a teen in your life land a job?

We recently took part in a podcast for the Future Ready MA Campaign and shared ideas for helping influential adults—parents/guardians, coaches or mentors—give teens support and guidance in landing a job. Our conversation centered on helping young people develop the soft skills essential to getting and keeping jobs in today’s job market. Learn more about how to coach young people in presenting themselves in the job search and in demonstrating professional behaviors on the job.

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Why start with learning styles?

lstylesOne of the first things YouthWorks participants do in the Signaling Success work-readiness course is complete a learning style assessment. What’s the purpose of doing this in a soft skills program? While not everyone believes each of us has one particular learning style, understanding learning preferences can help us cope with situations that may feel outside our comfort zones. Find out how learning styles can be used to teach work-readiness skills. Continue reading “Why start with learning styles?”

Are teen jobs becoming a luxury good?

-Philip Taylor Photo
-Philip Taylor Photo

The provocative headline in a Boston Globe article last month prompted a needed reality check. We’ve all heard the news about the dismal state of teen employment here in MA as well as in the rest of the country. Here’s the real news: teen unemployment is now much more concentrated among low-income teens. Continue reading “Are teen jobs becoming a luxury good?”