Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
I've been more and more conscious of soft skills lately because I've noticed that a lot of my students are really lacking them. (For example, I often make appointments to meet with students outside my office hours. I'm not exaggerating when I say that they show up about 30% of the time. They usually don't have the courtesy to give me a heads up.) I doubt that I can be of much help, but nonetheless I am going to ry to find a way to convey to students the importance of those sorts of skills.
You can go to your department head and attempt to develop a "job skills" class. I hear these classes are in high need and teach valuable skills like showing up for work on time, being appropriately dressed for work, not telling your boss to, "Fuck off" and other similar things, etc. Advance placement entails things like using a punch clock, answering the phone politely, and graduate level job skills classes can include realizing you are a peon and acting accordingly.