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Skills & Training

Help us identify new types of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills that today’s young people might need to succeed in the workplace, and the ways in which they’re being acquired.

As new sectors and technologies emerge, there’s also a need to develop skills beyond those traditionally taught within formal education and training. What are some skills – soft and hard – you have encountered that you think are important for young people to acquire in order to succeed in the workplace?

New training and learning models are also emerging that help people to acquire and sharpen their skills outside of their formal education. We’d love you to share any examples you’ve seen of new and inspiring ways to develop soft or hard skills that are happening beyond the classroom.

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We all heard it at some point in our commencement speech, "change the world", "make it a better place," but there is a huge leap between theory and practice. These testimonials give real world advice to bridging that gap and reaching our dreams.

We all heard it at some point in our commencement speech, "change the world", "make it a better place," but there is a huge leap between theory and practice. These testimonials give real world advice to bridging that gap and reaching our dreams.

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Like Khan Academy, Coursera, MITX, and other similar online education initiatives, Udacity was founded with the intention of breaking open access to the caliber of learning usually reserved for higher education - limited to those who could afford it.

Like Khan Academy, Coursera, MITX, and other similar online education initiatives, Udacity was founded with the intention of breaking open access to the caliber of learning usually reserved for higher education - limited to those who could afford it.

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Volunteer organizations such as AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and VSO in the UK give young professionals the opportunity to serve other communities while learning valuable leadership skills vital to career development.

Volunteer organizations such as AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and VSO in the UK give young professionals the opportunity to serve other communities while learning valuable leadership skills vital to career development.

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Inspirations like Microsoft's Imagine Cup and Googles Summer of Code have something in common: they're project from (big) companies that can help students show off, but also discover and develop, their skills and competencies. L'Oréal has Brandstorm
Inspirations like Microsoft's Imagine Cup and Googles Summer of Code have something in common: they're project from (big) companies that can help students show off, but also discover and develop, their skills and competencies. L'Oréal has Brandstorm

Inspirations like Microsoft's Imagine Cup and Googles Summer of Code have something in common: they're project from (big) companies that can help students show off, but also discover and develop, their skills and competencies. L'Oréal has Brandstorm

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A series of 30 second videos allows established and experienced industry execs to share their wisdom with the world.

A series of 30 second videos allows established and experienced industry execs to share their wisdom with the world.

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Young workers can easily learn how to build simple websites/mobile apps and related design/coding/assembly skills.  There are many open-source tools that are easily to learn and quick to use with a vast pool of online support available for learners.

Young workers can easily learn how to build simple websites/mobile apps and related design/coding/assembly skills. There are many open-source tools that are easily to learn and quick to use with a vast pool of online support available for learners.

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Even those of us who choose to strike out on our own and carve our own paths need a little help sometimes. General Assembly's online classroom serves as a base for free thinkers and doers to learn and grow.

Even those of us who choose to strike out on our own and carve our own paths need a little help sometimes. General Assembly's online classroom serves as a base for free thinkers and doers to learn and grow.

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Barter network for the creative community.

Barter network for the creative community.

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The challenge is to disseminate the existence of these free resources that we all know of and love. Reverse engineer this article.

The challenge is to disseminate the existence of these free resources that we all know of and love. Reverse engineer this article.

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Codecademy is a free, online service that teaches code in an interactive and engaging way.

Codecademy is a free, online service that teaches code in an interactive and engaging way.

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One-on-one sessions with those that have made it provide the most insight on how to obtain jobs. These internships help students gain skills as well as expand their network.

One-on-one sessions with those that have made it provide the most insight on how to obtain jobs. These internships help students gain skills as well as expand their network.

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Maker Faire happens in many cities and is an interactive and educational event that offers a hands-on experience for participants and attendees. How could something like this be applied to encourage youth to acquire skills and information?

Maker Faire happens in many cities and is an interactive and educational event that offers a hands-on experience for participants and attendees. How could something like this be applied to encourage youth to acquire skills and information?

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