What kind of decision making, organization, time management, etc. skills do you use throughout your day? If you have a large a project, what skills do you rely on to complete your work? It may seem like an odd question, but the reality is many adults can instinctively identify the necessary steps needed to finish the task. It’s because we have well-developed Executive Function skills. Unfortunately, most teenagers do not.
Executive Function skills are “brain-based skills required for humans to effectively execute or perform tasks and solve problems.” (Smart but Scattered Teens: The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential) There are eleven basic Executive Function skills:
The neurological skills required to perform these executive functions are often not fully developed in adolescents. The brain’s frontal lobe that controls our executive functions does not fully develop until our mid-20s.
Combine this pre-developed state with other factors, such as increased hormones and changing levels of neurotransmitters, is a prime reason why many teens struggle to successfully use these skills.
This means more teenagers do not have the neurological function to develop soft skills necessary for the workplace. Approximately 35-70% of all young people entering the workforce lack crucial skills, such as:
How Accent Helps Teens Develop Soft Skills
Our Accent team recognizes teens are at a disadvantage when it comes to life after school. This is why we created our Executive Functions planner: to give students the structure they need to develop these essential skills. Learn more about our Executive Functions planner.