12 Essentials for success

A link between 4-H Youth Development and Career Services Network resources at Michigan State University.

The Career Services Network at Michigan State University provides a variety of helpful resources to those aspiring to be successful in the work world. One such resource is the “12 Essentials for Success – Competencies Employers Seek in College Graduates.” Employers suggest that as you develop your talent and skills, you should consider learning and being able to demonstrate your abilities related to:

  • Working in a diverse environment.
  • Managing time and priorities.
  • Acquiring Knowledge.
  • Thinking critically.
  • Communicating effectively.
  • Solving problems.
  • Contributing to a team.
  • Navigating across boundaries.
  • Performing with Integrity.
  • Developing professional competencies.
  • Balancing work and life.
  • Embracing change.

Doesn’t that sound a little familiar for those of us that work with or are involved in 4-H Youth Development? With and through volunteers, Michigan 4-H provides fun, educational opportunities that become the foundation for a lifetime of success. Youth in 4-H participate in specific program areas through the learn-by-doing approach. In addition to gaining valuable content knowledge, this model teaches 4-H members critical life skills such as goal-setting, self-discipline, conflict resolution and teamwork that contribute to their future success in communities and at work.

Whether you are a 4-H member, volunteer or family member, think about how each 4-H experience can help a young person prepare for their future. How can each of those club meeting experiences, project meetings or 4-H events help youth develop and practice job and career interests? Teamwork, leadership, communication and problem solving probably happens with almost every 4-H experience.

For more information to help you sculpt a successful future, visit the Career Services Network and the Michigan State University Extension 4-H Careers and Entrepreneurship websites.

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