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.