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Improving Career Readiness with Social Emotional Learning


Social emotional learning (SEL) is becoming increasingly important in preparing students for their future careers. As the job market becomes more competitive, employers are looking for candidates who not only have the necessary technical skills but also possess strong social emotional skills. Social emotional learning helps students develop the soft skills that are needed to succeed in the workplace. It's no surprise that SEL has a measurable impact on career readiness.    

How Does SEL Help Students Develop Career Readiness Skills?

SEL helps students develop important skills for the workforce by teaching them how to manage their emotions, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and make responsible decisions. These skills are essential for success in any career, as they enable individuals to work well with others, adapt to changing situations, and solve problems creatively. In addition, SEL helps students develop a strong sense of self-awareness and self-confidence, which can be invaluable for navigating the challenges of the workplace. By focusing on SEL, educators can help prepare students for the demands of the modern workforce and set them up for long-term success.  

How Can Educators and Employers Work Together?

As educators work with students to provide the resources that they need to better manage their emotional intelligence, employers can vocally support SEL initiatives in their communities. They can also offer internships, mentorship programs, and on-the-job training opportunities that allow students to develop and apply their SEL skills in real-world settings. Employers can also provide feedback and support to educators on the specific SEL skills that are most valuable in their respective industries, helping to ensure that students are prepared for the demands of the workforce.  

What Resources Are Available to Help Schools and Businesses Support SEL?

There are many resources available for schools and businesses to support SEL and career readiness initiatives. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) provides research-based resources and tools for educators and schools to implement SEL programs. The National Career Development Association (NCDA) offers resources and training for career counselors and educators to help students develop career readiness skills. To help support this effort and support educators in their efforts to bring SEL to the classroom, School Day provides free access to their SEL program to teachers. Learn more by visiting: https://www.schoolday.com/teacher-signup.  

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