Life Skills have been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”. They represent the psycho-social and reflective skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking, self-awareness, and interpersonal communication. Life skills utilization leads to personal qualities such as self-esteem, sociability and tolerance. Livelihood skills, such as money management and entrepreneurial skills, are often an added component of a Life Skills Education curriculum.
Job readiness activities are designed to help participants set long-term goals and overcome barriers to personal success. During group classes, they will explore issues such as self-control, coping skills, and success. Participants will be challenged to ask difficult questions of themselves. Why do they feel limited in their possibilities? Does failure seem inevitable, and if so, why? What do they believe constitutes their responsibility? How can they transcend feelings of inadequacy? How might they reinvent and renew themselves? Job readiness classes will focus on employer expectations, appropriate work attire, resume preparation, interview and job search skills.