In a recent article in the Washington Post, Google revealed something surprising…their best employees aren’t STEM whizzes! Their BEST employees possess the critical “soft skills” you develop when working at camp!
“The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.”
“The best teams at Google exhibit a range of soft skills: equality, generosity, curiosity toward the ideas of your teammates, empathy, and emotional intelligence. And topping the list: emotional safety. No bullying. To succeed, each and every team member must feel confident speaking up and making mistakes. They must know they are being heard.”
When you work at camp, you manage a team of campers in a safe, bully-free environment. You learn how to get the best out each and every camper, and help maximize their potential. You have the opportunity to work alongside people of different cultures and backgrounds. You help campers and your colleagues problem solve to overcome homesickness, a challenging day or work together as a team. And you are given opportunities to create, lead, challenge and support.
With insight like this from leading companies like Google, what are you waiting for? Being a camp counselor undoubtedly gives you the skills you need today for a bright, professional future.