10 Apps to Build Employability and Soft Skills

By Zuri Haley-Robbins, Catherine Honeyman, and Katya Murillo

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Apps for Career Exploration

1. Career OneStop

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2. Job Scout

Similar to Career OneStop but with a more graphical interface, Job Scout focuses on assessing your interests and potential career pathways. Take quizzes to find out which jobs or fields are right for you, then learn more about what a career in that field might look like through on-the-job videos and other information.

Apps for Interview Preparation

3. Virtual Speech

This virtual reality (VR) app is intended to help you practice public speaking — whether in front of an interviewer, a few dozen people in a conference room, or even a few hundred in an assembly hall — giving you the feeling you are really in the room together. This app, which requires any kind of VR headset, also has a great collection of videos that provide advice and important lessons concerning speaking and using your voice.

4. JobPro: Get Prepared!

Another app, from the innovative company SimCoach Games, takes more of a role play perspective on interview preparation. In Get Prepared!, you research your potential employer, update and print your resume, pick an outfit, and more. Your time must be used wisely to prepare and make it to your interview on time.

5. JobPro: Get Hired!

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Apps for Success on the Job

6. Mobile Soft Skills

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7. JobPro: My Life

Unlike JobPro’s interview preparation games above, JobPro: My Life focuses more on work-life balance. Using a game format, it puts to the test the players ability to balance their work and personal life. It does a good job showing how small decisions — like whether to socialize with friends or get some exercise instead of working all the time — can help our days and lives run more smoothly.

Apps for Entrepreneurship

8. Business Inc 3D

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Apps for Intrapersonal Skills

9. I Meet Myself

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Apps for Higher-Order Thinking

10. Alt G

We also looked into apps that promote higher-order thinking, including critical thinking and problem solving, as these too are important skills in the workplace. Alt G is a lateral thinking app that encourages people to find solutions that are out of the box, using the phone’s features like voice recognition and handwriting recognition as part of the puzzle.

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