Skills Acquired in High-School
Summer is approaching and so are holidays. While some of you want to vacation and take time off, others are looking into part time/summer jobs to keep busy, gain experience and earn some money. It is the idea of employment that leads directly to the question, “What skills do I possess as a high school student?”The answer can be quite challenging considering the fact that students do not have past work experiences which they could relate to however, we cannot ignore that fact that students gain transferable skills throughout their education.
Often we fail to realize that we develop a wide range of skills while doing multiple activities within school. Be it the debates or presentations, our public speaking and communication skills just start developing the moment we put an effort to take part in these exercises. Interpersonal skills bud right from the talk we have with the fellow students in group projects, teamwork is facilitated through sports and we multitask every single day to balance studies and play.
Volunteering with clubs dedicated to social causes makes us more organized, focused and gives us an overview of how events are planned in organizations. In addition, it also outlines where our passion lies when we choose specific tasks say marketing the events or creating content for circulation over logistics of the day of the event. For detailed information regarding skills gained from volunteering please refer to Top 5 skills learnt while volunteering by the Year Group.
Furthermore, material covered in classes provides you knowledge and insight into a wide range of global topics and opens doors to new opportunities you never thought existed. A simple example may be a summer abroad program that focuses on preservation of biodiversity in a country. All schools invest in the overall development of the students and provide them immense programs to learn and benefit from as opposed to just teaching what is in the books. A lot resources offer direction for students who wish to take on such projects.
To sum it up we need to look at the bigger picture to understand what we are learning instead of focusing on the minutest details. It may seem that high school is a lot about studies but extra-curricular activities , volunteering, summer abroad etcetera all have a huge role in shaping your personality which interviewers see when it is time to get hired. Therefore, strike a balance between work and play and make the best of your experiences in high school.
Areej Shah is a graduate from the BBA program, University of Toronto. She currently works as the Marketing Coordinator at Grade Learning and shares her passion for communication and writing through informative social media posts and blogs.