15 Awesome Classroom Activities That Teach Job-Readiness Skills

Published by, May 20, 2022

Students need these skills to succeed in the workplace.

When it’s time for students to start working and/or head to college, they’ll need “soft skills,” otherwise known as job-readiness skills, in addition to academic knowledge and vocational skills.

Soft skills are those characteristics that help you function as an individual (motivation, self-confidence, and flexibility) as well as within a group (teamwork, negotiation, and respect). To succeed in the workplace, these skills are key! After all, if you can’t show up on time, speak up for yourself, or get along with your peers, chances are you’re not going to have a very smooth go of it.

Explicitly teaching students these skills is the best way to give them valuable insight into their strengths and weaknesses. We’ve found 15 engaging lessons that are not only just right for teaching the job-readiness skills students need, they are also a lot of fun!

For each activity below, give students time to talk (or write) about what they learned—what went right, how they felt while they were participating, and what they would do differently next time.