What Employers Want

All students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB), through the Career Development curriculum, begin learning and practicing soft skills early on for future career success in the academic, boarding, and athletic programs.

“Soft skills” is a simple term for a complex system of traits and habits commonly sought by most employers.  Some traits or habits come from a person’s basic personality, while others can be learned or developed through practice.  

More people lose jobs due to a lack of appropriate soft skills than lack of ability to do the job tasks (hard skills).  We project that all of our students are capable of competitive employment after they graduate.  What could potentially limit a student’s ability to get and keep a job is not usually deafness or blindness, but rather, lack of the soft skills needed by all employees.

The FSDB family—staff, parents, students, and community—works together to teach and nurture student development of soft and hard skills required for workplace success.

Soft Skills

Good Work Ethics:

  • Arrives on time
  • Dependable
  • Stays on task

Personality & Personal Attributes:

  • Positive attitude and disposition
  • Good manners
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Respects authority and peers
  • Self-motivated
  • Self-confident, yet humble
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Possesses integrity
  • Appropriate dress and grooming

Quality & Quantity of Work Done:

  • Follows directions
  • Admits and corrects mistakes
  • Organized
  • Flexible
  • Problem solver
  • Good time management skills

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific technical and teachable abilities.  Examples of hard skills include job skills such as typing, writing, math, reading, the ability to use software programs, speak a foreign language, or to operate machinery, equipment, or tools.