You have a lot to cover during your allotted class time. Though helping students make skill connections to the professional world is something you’d like to do, it may not always be feasible to cover in that time frame. However, there are ways you can quickly drive home the importance of professionalism and career skills without taking up much time.
What are some of your ideas for quick activities, practices, or exercises that emphasize the importance of professionalism in a career? Share your thoughts below.
In the Instructor’s Manual that accompanies Illustrated Course Guides: Professionalism – Soft Skills for a Digital Workplace, First Edition, author Jeff Butterfield shares an in-class activity that you can use as a quick exercise at the beginning of a class period to help instill in your students the importance of soft skills to career success. You may come up with your own variation of the activity that work well for your classroom setting, but by participating your students can learn valuable lessons about looking to the future, paying attention to organizational processes, and making connections.
In addition to helping students see the importance of looking ahead, you may even find that, by getting your students thinking and moving at the start of class, you have a more actively engaged audience for the remainder of that time!
Reference: Butterfield, Jeff. 2011. Instructor’s Manual to accompany Illustrated Course Guides: Professionalism – Soft Skills for a Digital Workplace, First Edition. Boston, MA: Course Technology, Cengage Learning.