What to submit/deliverables: Word document that contains the Week 9 Assignment Template.
What is the value of doing this assignment? For the last nine weeks, you’ve been learning how the 10 Skills are an essential part of being successful in the future world of work. In Week 4 Assignment, you began to reflect on your skills and goals and how the 10 Skills have helped you reach accomplishments. Your understanding of the skills has been refined, and now it’s time to reflect on your strengths and areas for growth again in order to develop a plan moving forward.
For this assignment, you’ll identify three skills that you’d like to focus on and develop a plan for. This could be the three skills you wrote about for Week 2 Assignment or three new skills. As you think of which skills you’d like to improve upon, consider choosing skills at varying levels. You might, for example, choose a skill that you are already strong in, but would be excited to continue exploring and building upon, as well as a skill in which you might have more room for growth. At the end of the assignment, you’ll leave with the beginning of a tangible plan for personal and professional development that you can review with the Career Center team.
Your goal for this assignment is to: Practice your communication skill by using the Week 9 Assignment Template to outline a plan for developing skills to support a successful learning experience and career. To truly develop your communication skill it is important that you write using your own words and do not cut and paste from the Skills Definition table or any other source. (See the Skill Development Plan Sample .)
Steps to complete: In Week 9, complete and submit your Development Plan for Three Skills using the following steps:
STEP 1: Identify the targeted skill. Summarize your strengths and areas of improvement in this skill area. Then, identify your desired outcomes around this skill area and write a positive goal statement. Review the Skills Definition table if you need a quick reminder of the 10 skills. Complete the following sections of the template:
• Target Skill
• Areas of Improvement
• Desired Outcome
• Goal Statement
STEP 2: Specify the actions you can take to work towards your goals, with specific strategies and practices that you can apply. Identify any potential obstacles and challenges to achieving your goal. Complete the following sections of the template:
• Practices for Growth
• Action Steps
• Potential Obstacles and Challenges
STEP 3: Keeping your action plan in mind, identify trusted supporters and university resources that can help you in your skill development plan. Complete the following sections of the template:
• Key Supporters
• Supporting University Resources
STEP 4: Reflect on the connections between skill development and your overall personal, academic, and professional goals. Complete the following sections of the template:
• Benefits From Change and Connections to Personal, Academic, and Career Goals.
STEP 5: Complete Steps 1–4 for the two other skills you have identified. When you are done you should have three plans filled out in the template for three different skills.
SELF AND SOCIAL AWARENESS
Definition: Understanding your personal strengths and limitations; recognizing your thoughts,
emotions, and intentions; being open to receiving feedback; and identifying how your behaviors
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: Self awareness can help you find the right career for
you, know when it’s time to leave your current job, and make you a stronger leader. (Swerdlow,
Definition: Being able to confidently and effectively use technology to be productive, complete
goals and tasks, and maintain a competitive advantage.
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: 78% of today’s jobs require familiarity with technology,
and digitally intensive jobs are growing faster and pay more than non-digital roles. (Southern
New Hampshire University, 6)
Definition: Strategizing, organizing, and effectively managing your time and priorities.
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: High performers can be up to 800 percent more
productive than other workers, drastically cutting down the time and money needed to complete
large tasks – something managers always value. (Keller, 7)
Definition: Thinking independently, seeing what needs to be done, and taking action without
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: Initiative has become more important in modern
workplaces, as employers rely on people who have the courage to push their teams forward.
(Mind Tools, 8)
Definition: Acting with a sense of urgency and focus to reach goals, without compromising
integrity or quality.
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: As companies use more freelancers, they need those
workers to be results-driven so projects stay on track. (Do, 9)
Definition: Actively seeking and delivering information, clearly articulating ideas, effectively
listening, and confidently connecting to various audiences, settings, and situations.
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: Communication is one of the top five skills that will be
important in the future across all industries…and that employers currently find lacking. (Gilchrist,
Definition: Effectively working with others and establishing, cultivating, and leveraging networks
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: 85% of all open job positions are filled through
personal connections. (Adler, 11)
Definition: Identifying and framing problems, exploring ideas, and creating effective, ethical,
and evidence-based solutions.
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: Problem solving is important in every industry, and this
skill gives an especially notable edge in management positions. (CareerBuilder, 12)
Definition: Creatively thinking and coming up with new ideas and solutions to solve old
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: 84% of business executives believe that innovation is
important, but only 6% are satisfied with their company’s performance in that area. (McKinsey &
Definition: Embracing change and effectively adapting when things around you are constantly
Why it Matters for the Future of Work: In one survey, 79% of executives said that the future of
work will be based on specific projects instead of roles, meaning that having the agility to adapt
quickly will be extremely important. (Lyons, 14)