Wisconsin PROMISE Soft Skills Training Overview

Wisconsin PROMISE Soft Skills Training Overview

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Hello and welcome to the “Skills to Pay the Bills”, Soft Skills Training video. My name is Samantha Ninnemann, and I’m with SVRI at UW-Stout. Today, I get to share information with you
about the soft skills training you will be doing through Wisconsin PROMISE. In this video, you will learn about… what soft skills are, what soft skills training will be like, We’re using something called “Skills to Pay
the Bills” for the Soft Skills training. We’ll talk about this more later in the video. You’ll also learn where you can find more
information about soft skills training. Lets’ start with an obvious question. What
are soft skills? Soft skills help you get along with people
at home, at school, and at work – pretty much everywhere you go! You already use soft skills every day when
you talk to someone, work with someone, make a decision, and in many other ways. Did you know? Employers like to hire people with good soft skills. It’s true! To help you build your soft skills, we are
using training called “Skills to Pay the Bills”. It uses activities to help you learn about
and practice soft skills. This means you get to practice what you learn,
and you won’t be in a classroom when you do it. You’re probably wondering what “Skills to
Pay the Bills” will be like. Trainings will be done in groups of around
6 to 15 youth. The groups will meet six times. Each meeting will last around 3 to 4 hours.
It really will depend on the size of the group. You will learn about a new soft skill each
time your group meets. You get to do different activities designed
to help you learn about and practice soft skills with your group. There are no lectures here – just different
kinds of hands-on activities! So, what the six soft skills that you will be learning
about? They are: Communication Enthusiasm and Attitude Teamwork Networking Problem Solving and Critical Thinking and Professionalism Let’s start with communication. Did you know that communication is the #1
soft skill employers want? People communicate in many different ways. There is verbal communication, talking to
each other. There is also visual communication, those
facial expressions and body language that cue us in to what people are thinking and
feeling. We also communicate in writing. Emails, text
messages and posts to social media sites are ways of communicating in writing. In this training session, you will learn about
giving and receiving information. You will have a chance to practice communicating
with others to help build your skills. Activities in this session include “Oh,
Puh-leeeze!” and “Quit Talkin’! I Know What to Do!”. The next soft skill you will learn about is
Enthusiasm and Attitude. Having a positive attitude can help you get
and keep a job. You will learn how to show people that you
have a positive attitude. I’ll give you a hint. Smiling, being on
time, and wanting to learn new things are all signs that you have a positive attitude
and enthusiasm. In this session you will learn how you can
turn negative thinking into positive thinking. You will also learn how you can display enthusiasm
during a job interview. Activities in this training session include
“A Super Ball and a Raw Egg” and “Life is Full of Hard Knocks”. The next soft skill you will learn about is
Teamwork. Employers value team players! Teamwork is an important part of being successful
at work. You will learn about positive teamwork behavior. You will also learn about how your behavior
impacts people on your team. You will also learn about barriers that can
make teamwork difficult and how to overcome them. Activities in this session include “There
is No ‘I’ in Team” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Reasonable”. Networking is the next soft skill you will
learn about. Have you heard the expression, “It’s not
what you know, it’s who you know”? That’s what networking is all about. You
will learn about how connecting with people and sharing your interests can help you find
a job. You will also learn about overcoming your
fear of networking. This is very common! That’s why it helps to learn how to network and practice. You will also learn about using social media,
texting, and email for networking. There are pros and cons to using these networks. You
will learn potential guidelines for using them in a more useful way. Activities in this session include “You
Expect Me to Do WHAT? TALK to People?” and “Text Vs. Email…Does it Really Matter?” The next soft skill is Problem Solving and
Critical Thinking. Employers value employees who can solve problems. You don’t need to have all of the answers
right away, but having a process for solving problems is important. You will learn how to solve problems in a
variety of ways. You will also learn about solving problems
in a team and on your own. You will learn about making ethical decisions
and how perceptions can impact decision making. Activities in this session include “Praise,
Criticism, or Feedback” and “Perception VS. Reality”. The final soft skill that you will learn about
is Professionalism. Professionalism is the key to success, no
matter where you work. Professionalism is actually a combination
of qualities. Remember, employers value employees who do
their work in a professional way. You will practice using all of the soft skills
you learned so far to show that you know how to be professional. Activities in this session include “The
Cultural Divide” and “Is it Considered ‘Professional’ to Have Friends in the
Workplace?”. Still not sure what to think of “Skills to
Pay the Bills”? Here’s what youth who did this training
said about it. “I can’t think of just one thing that
we did because I enjoyed everything.” “My favorite activity was the one that talked
about failures. It was interesting to learn about how Mickey Mouse was created.” “I was putting things in my text messages
that I shouldn’t have … . It was fun because I didn’t know that people text that way.” So, let’s review what you’ll be doing
during “Skills to the Pay the Bills” training. You’ll learn about soft skills in a group
of youth. Your group will meet six times to learn about
six, different soft skills. You won’t be sitting in a classroom, listening
to lectures. You will be doing a variety of activities to learn about and practice soft
skills. There are many ways to find more information
about the “Skills to Pay the Bills” training. You can talk with your PROMISE DVR counselor
to learn more and to find out how you can participate in training. You can practice your soft skills and send
me an email. That’s my email address on the screen. You can also check out the Department of Labor’s
website. Their Office of Disability Employment Policy developed the “Skills to Pay the Bills”
training. You can preview the training on the website,
and you can also find more soft skills resources there, including videos on each of the soft
skills you will be learning about. Thank you for taking some time to watch this
video. We hope you enjoy the “Skills to Pay the Bills”
training and all of the other training you do through Wisconsin PROMISE.

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