by Andie Radford
School’s out for summer and high school students across the nation are celebrating breaks from homework, exams, and early morning classes. But while summer vacation is a good time to have fun, it’s also a good time for parents to encourage responsibility and a strong work ethic in their high school child.
In a 2006 report “Are They Really Ready to Work?” The Society for Human Resource Management in collaboration with the Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, reported that many employers are concerned about the lack of basic skills new workforce entrants bring to their jobs. Specific concerns include deficiencies in professionalism and communication skills.*
With no indication of improvement in 2009, Junior Achievement Worldwide, an organization dedicated to preparing young people to be successful in a global economy, reported in its Junior Achievement Innovation Initiative polling report, that a lack of life-skills and professionalism are a major source of concern for companies. “Specifically, a lack of life skills such as self-motivation, communication and social skills are seen as significant obstacles…” the report notes.**