Professional Skills

The ‘real skills’ employers want

Employers demand their employees have a good set of soft skills. Our students learn these in our award-winning Professional Skills class.

Career success relies on you being able to . . .

  • Demonstrate a proper handshake 
  • Identify and discuss personal paradigms 
  • Identify and use good listening habits 
  • Participate in teambuilding activities 
  • Develop a mini-business plan 
  • Participate in a job interview role play 
  • Complete a personality profile -- evaluating your strengths and weaknesses
  • Create a fish-bone diagram to analyze root causes

Leadership

  • Demonstrate a proper handshake and make an informal introduction to the class 
  • Identify the four principles of the Fish! Philosophy 
  • Identify and discuss personal paradigms 
  • Create a personal mission statement 
  • Evaluate and improve your current time management habits 
  • Identify listening habits 
  • Participate in teambuilding activities 
  • Create a personal improvement plan

Business Principles

  • Develop a mini-business plan 
  • Present your business plan to classmates and evaluate other business plans 
  • Develop a budget for office equipment 
  • Develop a personal balance sheet 
  • Present features and benefits of a product you develop to your classmates
  • Develop employee policies 
  • Participate in a job interview role play

Total Quality Principles

  • Develop a job instruction 
  • Complete a personality profile, evaluating your strengths and weaknesses
  • Work in teams to develop consensus 
  • Utilize a model to evaluate problems and generate solutions 
  • Utilize brainstorming technique to generate ideas and solve problems
  • Use an affinity diagram to organize ideas and data
  • Use the multi-vote and Delphi processes to determine consensus 
  • Create a fish-bone diagram to analyze the possible root causes to a problem
  • Create a Gantt Chart for a lab related project to determine start and finish dates