Keep Track of Your Skills

Posted: June 18, 2012

You will have tons of fun as a camp counselor this summer — but did you know that you’re also developing critical workplace skills?

Traditionally, the “3 Rs” (reading, writing, and arithmetic) have been the focus of workplace preparation. In other words:

  • Can you write coherently?
  • How’s your reading comprehension?
  • Is your toolbox of math skills pretty full?

But according to the American Management Association’s 2010 Critical Skills Survey:
. . . [T]he new workplace requires more from its employees. Employees need to think critically, solve problems, innovate, collaborate, and communicate more effectively—and at every level within the organization.

In fact, there’s even a new phrase to describe these additional, critical job skills: the “4 Cs” (critical thinking and problem solving; communication; collaboration; and creativity and innovation).

So now you need to ask yourself questions like:

  • How do you work on a team?
  • When was the last time you used limited resources to overcome a problem?
  • What is your communication style?

Learn more about 21st century skills.

This summer, notice all the ways you hone your skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity on a daily basis — and then write them down!

For example, what did you learn about communication and collaboration while teaching a new game to your campers? How did your prioritize your responsibilities at camp? Did you think of a creative and fun way to do cabin chores? Write all these things down in a job skills journal!

Being aware of your budding skills will make you more conscious and intentional in their development. And keeping a record of your critical job skills will make it much easier to list them on your resume this fall.

Have fun this summer and watch yourself grow!