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Career Skills | Career Exploration

Top 5 Career Awareness Activities for Middle School Students

By: Chris Zook
August 9th, 2018

Career awareness is an essential first step in building students’ understanding of the working world. Career awareness differentiates itself from career exploration by introducing students to different job opportunities in the world. It shows them options for their futures in a huge scope with the hope that each student will find a career that resonates with them in terms of interests, purpose, and inspiration.

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21st Century Skills | Soft Skills | Career Skills | Life Skills | Employability Skills

Life Skills vs. Soft Skills vs. Career Skills vs. Employability Skills — What Are the Differences?

By: Chris Zook
June 14th, 2018

Today, teachers throughout the United States are focusing more on prepping their students for their future careers. Some teachers do this by creating a life skills curriculum. Others make a soft skills curriculum. Sometimes, they made a career skills or employability skills curriculum. Surprisingly, all of these teachers mean the same thing – they just have different ways of saying it! That means some wires got crossed somewhere.

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