Why we should teach young people life skills: how they build confidence

Why we should teach young people life skills: how they build confidence
January 23, 2019 Biglife Admin

In today’s fast-paced world and constantly changing environment learning life skills at school is becoming increasingly important. The pressure on young people to meet the challenges thrown at them by the digital world and the changing face of the workplace is immense and we believe that it is our duty to arm them with the skills they need to deal with this pressure and the expectations put on them.


The skills young people need to become successful adults are not inherent and need to be learned in much the same way as any academic subject. When we talk about successful adults what we actually mean is confident, resilient, responsible adults, able to make choices daily and achieve goals.


Teaching essential life skills, such as confidence, communication, motivation and resilience, not only helps students to attain better academic outcomes but also gives them better prospects in the workplace. Employers are more and more seeking soft skills and characteristics other than academic achievements to fill roles as the labour market trends towards automation.


Most schools focus on developing students’ core academic knowledge and getting ‘good’ grades but other skills – often known as soft skills or life skills – are being increasingly recognised as important to children’s wider development.


These skills and attributes are necessary to manage emotions, cope with difficult situations, deal with setbacks, build relationships and work well with others. They are essential skills that young people need to have to transition to life beyond school and we believe they should be taught alongside traditional academic subjects.


By teaching life skills, we can help young people find their own confidence and life skills lessons in schools enable them to nurture this trait and grow as people. Confidence is necessary to branch out independently into the world and to find employment and run a home.



Being confident can help young people feel less vulnerable to peer pressure and more able to deal with challenges in life. Confidence is also important for building relationships and interacting with other people.


Confident young people are more likely to:

  • Believe in their own abilities
  • Have a sense of their own worth
  • Take responsibility for their actions
  • Stick to their beliefs
  • Feel optimistic about life
  • Admit to their mistakes and learn from them
  • Set goals and achieve them.


By helping young people to feel capable we can help them to feel confident and believe in their own skill set. Learning how to successfully solve problems and meet challenges can boost self-confidence and have a positive effect on a student’s personal development. This confidence carries over into all areas of life – personal, social, home and work life.


The modules that we provide for schools include Effective Communication, Personal Development, Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Household Skills, Sex and Relationships, Employability and Work Experience, Going to University, Health and Wellbeing, and more.


Our lessons cover topics such as confidence building, resilience, body language, aspirations, goal setting, personal skills, CV writing, team building, presentation skills, and lots more. Take a look at our Modules page to learn more about the skills that our lessons cover.


To find out how we can help your school please get in touch via our Contact page.


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