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The Seven Competency Skills for the Workplace (#101)

This documentary follows teens as they tackle their first jobs-waiter, grocery clerk, ice cream shop scooper, cashier, garden nursery worker-and learn what it takes to be a success. Good communication skills, leadership, adaptability, problem-solving, negotiation, computer literacy and the ability to juggle multiple demands are skills that will take teens from their first jobs through a lifetime of working. [21 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Central to the Iowa Core Curriculum are 21st century learning skills including those skills that will enhance the employability of future workers. This new series provides comprehensive guidelines and strategies to help teenagers grasp the importance of communication, reliability, adaptability and other employability skills essential for career qualification and advancement. Programs also connect school work with the world of work and help students match their skills to their dream jobs.

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  • What's School Have to Do with It? (#102)

    This program helps students appreciate the relevance of school experience to future success and happiness. Students talk about their career aspirations and their views on education. Each of these interviews is juxtaposed with a profile of a professional working in the same field that the student aspires to pursue. As we follow each subject throughout the workday, the correlation between the skills learned in school and those applied in the workplace becomes clear. [29 minutes]

  • Matching Your Skills, Talents and Ambitions to a (#103)

    The happiest employees have found careers that match their skills, talents and ambitions-but, finding the right match is often difficult. Many students feel lost just imaging what their future career might be! Using the experiences of teens and young adults, this program helps viewers to pinpoint their talents and aptitudes, evaluate qualities they would like to find in a "dream" job, and match up those characteristics to find a career uniquely suited to them. [15 minutes]

  • Workplace Etiquette: Why Being Polite Counts On (#104)

    There's a right way and a wrong way to behave in the workplace. Using workplace scenarios plus commentary from real bosses, the program shows teens conducting themselves inappropriately and then models what is appropriate. Topics include: how to dress properly; how to treat customers and fellow employees with respect; using appropriate language; respecting personal boundaries; being punctual; proper telephone manners; proper voicemail and email usage; avoiding gossip; responding appropriately to constructive criticism; and being a good listener. [23 minutes]

  • Ready for Work: Qualities That Count With (#105)

    What does an employer look for in a job applicant? A recent survey reveals that attitude and communication skills are the most important qualities sought by today's employers. Going behind the scenes at various job sites, this program offers an opportunity for students to hear candid interviews with real employers looking for real workers. It reminds students that even part-time, summer, and volunteer work experiences can provide them with valuable people skills. [26 minutes]

  • Ten Easy Ways to Keep Your Job (#106)

    This program explores practices all employees should follow: take initiative, increase skills, leave personal problems at home, get along with co-workers, help make the company profitable, develop problem-solving skills, learn to take directions from superiors, create good relations with the boss, go the extra mile, and learn to enjoy the job. [27 minutes]

  • Ten Easy Ways to Lose Your Job (#107)

    Emphasizing entry level positions as well as part-time jobs, this program explores the most common reasons employers give for dismissing beginning workers: poor work quality, not following directions, poor customer service, dishonesty, undependability, lack of respect for the boss, chronic lateness, sexual harassment, socializing, and stealing. Each cause for dismissal is illustrated with a dramatic vignette modeling the behavior. [25 minutes]

  • Communication Skills for the Workplace (#108)

    This program delivers a clear message to students - that the number one asset for virtually any employee is the ability to communicate effectively. Whether speaking or writing, it is essential for employees to be able to clearly relate information and thoughts. Students will see that effective communication not only makes a business run better, it also enhances the prospects for the employee who can master it. [28 minutes]

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