Your Potential is

What You Make of It

Employability Coaching

Your Potential is

What You Make of It

Employability Coaching

What is Employability?

Employability is often thought of as an assessment of the specific skills, attributes, and understandings employers are looking for in successful applicants. The higher your level of employability is, the more likely you are to not only gain employment but also find work in a field you find satisfying.

More importantly, employability also describes a learning process—something that can be practiced to improve the quality of your personal and professional lives.

How Can Students Increase Their Employability?

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How Can Students Increase Their Employability?

Based on experiential learning, employability is built over a lifetime. It requires committing yourself to explore and participate in new experiences that develop the professional and personal capabilities different employers value.

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Employers expect students to develop and enhance their employability both in and out of the classroom. Volunteering, participating in sports or hobbies, traveling, and even hanging out with friends are all excellent ways students can begin to cultivate employability.

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Participating in a wide range of experiences, however, is not enough. Students need to reflect on these experiences to better understand what skills and attributes they used and how they can apply them again to best effect in a work context.

Employability, Disabilities, & Learning Differences

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Employability, Disabilities, and Learning Differences

Success in school means different things for different students. But some requirements are universal: getting enough sleep, leaving the house on time in the morning, organizing backpacks and notes, understanding time commitments and deadlines, building project plans, assessing your skills and progress, and recognizing when you need help.

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Employability is built upon a foundation of these requisites. And, unfortunately, these skills and experiences are often more challenging for students with learning differences or disabilities.

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Further complicating the situation, teenagers typically learn these hard and soft skills in part-time jobs and volunteer work.

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These environments provide teens with their first opportunities to give, receive, and apply feedback, interact with strangers, advocate for themselves, and stand on their own two feet. Many students with either disabilities or learning differences do not get these experiences.

What is an Employability Coach?

Employability Coaches offer support to students in many ways. As advocates and partners, coaches help students set academic and personal goals for the school year, developing tools and strategies along the way that make each step of the process more manageable.

Coaches also guide students through a self-reflective process to better understand their own innate strengths, to see opportunities and challenges in a new light, and develop highly-personalized and effective strategies that address them.

What Do Employability
Coaches Do?

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What Do Employment Coaches Do?

Employability coaches strive to: 1). motivates students to action; 2). tap into potential; 3). encourage accountability; 4). activate the whole person; 4). provide fast and positive feedback; 5). reward growth and progress.

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Incredibly powerful, this approach allows students to reflect on their own experiences, extract what they’ve learned, and present this knowledge in a way that is attractive to school admissions officers and potential employers.

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This process helps students to not only communicate their potential to an employer but also internalize their own strengths—a practice that can, over time, make them feel good about their potential to offer value to the working world.

How Can Employability Coaching Benefit Students?

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How Can Employability Coaching Benefit Students?

Making the jump from the academic setting to the working world is no easy task. When combined with an awareness and understanding of one’s own thought process (a.k.a metacognition), employability coaching can develop a growth mindset, giving students the opportunity to build a high internal locus of control.

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It can also build confidence and guide individual and team-oriented discovery. And, most importantly, based on the way the brain makes connections, employability coaching can reinforce beneficial behavioral habits that support life-long learning.

What Can Students Gain From Employability Coaching?

Benefit #1.

An understanding of what employability is and why it’s important

Benefit #2.

Self-reflective methods to interpret, connect, and convey experiences positively

Benefit #3.

Valuable personal insights to inform high school transition plans

Benefit #4.

Practical experience communicating and collaborating with teammates

Benefit #5.

A framework to approach complex problem-solving

Benefit #6.

A commitment to lifelong learning and reflection supported by habits and tools

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