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Introduction to the 10 Skills

Introduction to the 10 Skills

Author: Sophia Tutorial

Identify career skills relevant to sociology

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what's covered
In this lesson, you will be introduced to the 10 essential employability skills and explore the specific skills you will be learning more about in this course. Specifically, this lesson will cover:
  1. Introduction to the 10 Skills
  2. Skills in this Course
  3. Skills in Unit 1

1. Introduction to the 10 Skills

The jobs of today look very different from the jobs our parents had. Whether you work in a cubicle or on a construction site, technology has changed — and is continuing to change — the ways we connect, communicate, and create in our careers. In the past, a college degree was enough to set you up for professional success. Today, employers want job candidates who also have the right skills to succeed.

That‘s why we’ve partnered with top employers, business leaders, and recruiters to identify 10 SKILLS that are critical to performing your best — not just in one field, but across all industries. These are skills that will prepare you for the needs of any future employer and set you up for success in a world that is constantly evolving. As you work through this and other courses, consider how you can use these 10 Skills to achieve your personal, academic, and professional goals.

2. Skills in This Course

Imagine you’re on a professional soccer team. You’ve been training all year to be the best player in your position, and your teammates have also been working hard to improve their technique. But in order to win games, all players will also need to be able to collaborate with each other.

Every decision made on the field— passing, shooting, dribbling, defending—is based not only on individual abilities but also on the positions, needs, and pressures of the players around you. Your own ability to navigate all of these perspectives, work effectively with others, and make the best decisions is the key to your team’s success.

The same is true when it comes to your personal or professional life. Being an effective problem solver, being aware of your own and others’ perspectives, building strong relationships, and taking initiative are absolutely essential if you want to “win” in your life and career. That’s why this course is so important!

Over the next 11 weeks, you’ll practice three essential employability skills that will help you better understand yourself and the societies around you so that you can make the best decisions and interact with others effectively.

  1. Problem Solving to make decisions using the scientific method and by incorporating diverse and ethical perspectives.
  2. Relationship Building to collaborate with others for the best results possible.
  3. Self and Social Awareness to understand yourself and how you relate to the people around you, so you can work together and perform at the highest possible level.

Together, these three skills will help you apply a systematic process to understand information, make decisions, work productively with others, and maintain awareness of diverse perspectives so you can achieve your career and life goals.

terms to know
Problem Solving
Identifying and framing problems, exploring ideas, and creating effective, ethical, and evidence-based solutions.
Relationship Building
Effectively working with others and establishing, cultivating, and leveraging networks over time.
Self and Social Awareness
Understanding your personal strengths and limitations; recognizing your thoughts, emotions, and interactions; being open to receiving feedback and identifying how your behaviors impact others.

3. Skills in Unit 1

As you begin with this first unit, you will explore these skills in relation to sociology. You will begin to understand how you can use these skills to examine issues in our society. You will look deeper at how improving your skills can help you understand where you are today and the steps you need to take to achieve your career and personal goals.

In particular, we will focus on the following skills:

Problem Solving

  1. How comparing sociological paradigms helps you solve problems
  2. How to use sociological research and the scientific method to explore issues in society
  3. How analyzing ethical issues in research enables you to more effectively solve problems
Self and Social Awareness
  1. How the study of sociology strengthens your understanding of yourself and others
  2. How using theory deepens your self and social awareness skills
  3. How qualitative research provides deeper insights of individuals, and groups of individuals, in society
Relationship Building
  1. How understanding the structural functionalist paradigm strengthens your ability to develop healthy relationships with others
  2. How understanding the symbolic interactionist paradigm builds your ability to relate to others in a productive and beneficial way
Throughout the course, be on the lookout for various call outs to help you better see the connections between the problem solving skill and the course content.

In this lesson, you learned that there are 10 essential employability skills. Employers seek individuals who possess these skills and continue to work to strengthen them. These skills cut across all professions and career paths. You learned how problem solving, relationship building, and self and social awareness skills will be incorporated into this course and why they are valuable.