Think about it. These skills will help a girl through her academic career and are also skills that employers seek –whether it’s a bank, a high tech company, a hospital, a publishing house, a car dealership, an accounting firm or even the local pet store. Every teacher and every employer wants:
- Someone who sets goals and meets deadlines. Blowing a deadline can jeopardize a grade and it can mean blowing a deal.
- Someone who works well with others. As a boss, I know that I don’t want to deal with strife and complaining amongst my team!
- Someone who understands about money. There is a real difference between earning your way and getting an “allowance.” People who understand the relationship between earning and buying make better decisions with their own money. And, they learn how money affects the global marketplace.
- Someone who understands customers. It doesn’t matter whether the “customers” are fellow students, hospital patients, TV viewers, a retail store or other companies. Every business has to know its customers and what they want. And in school, students need to know what their teachers expect and how things work in their school.
- Someone who can influence others. This doesn’t just mean selling a product. Teachers and employers want people who can sell ideas, pitch projects and make deals.
- Someone who is honest, trustworthy and reliable. This kind of goes without saying, or it should!
This article originally appeared in the Garden City Patch.