These days, many college students are looking for new ways to attain leadership experience so they can excel in the workplace and add real work to their resume. It’s a tough market out there and if your child isn’t prepared with practical skills like leadership, diplomacy and more, they might not be able to thrive. If your objective as a parent and educator is to help your kids succeed in school as well as beyond, now is the time to learn which kinds of courses can help your students in the long run. Here are some of the best courses to build up student leadership qualities and their experience with real-world problems even further.

Communication 101

Great leaders excel in communicating with others frequently and effectively. For this reason, college students who are attempting to develop leadership experience should focus in on optimizing their communication skills. You can help them do so by emphasizing basic courses such as Communication 101. This type of course should cover subjects such as verbal communication, nonverbal communication, miscommunication, and communication variations across cultures. Being an expert in communicating is only a good thing when you have to communicate in many different ways and to many different people in business and all students should have a chance to experience and study different types of communication. At home, help your kids learn about different kinds of communication from technological, to formally written and help them understand when each is necessary.

Introduction to Business

In addition to taking a communication course, beginner college students should be sure to take a business class. These types of courses will build leadership experience by enabling learners to develop key skills that the best leaders have. In an introductory business course, you must have students learn how to solve problems, create a strategic plan, analyze issues, and develop testing strategies to predict outcomes. No matter what field or industry your students enter later, having at least a small background in business will put them ahead of other players and make them more of a leader. For younger kids, start out early by learning about supply and demand and customer service. You can roleplay these through daily play and make-believe.

Management 101

If you’re serious about having your future graduates ready for the workforce, be sure to require a course about effective management or project management. Doing so will help students learn how to expedite and optimize daily operations so they can accomplish more tasks in less time. Students who take these courses will learn how to allocate resources, resolve conflict, and manage time more effectively. Young kids can learn about management pretty early as well. Help them learn to manage their time and schedules. When they can have snacks and when the best time to do homework is.

Public Speaking

Public speaking is frequently listed as the general public’s greatest fear, yet if you want your child to be an effective leader, you need to master the art of speaking in front of small and/or large audiences. Leaders recognize the power of holding group meetings in which they share valuable information with the group, and optimize their speaking abilities to make these meetings as effective and expedient as possible. Requiring students to take a public speaking course will help them do so as well and will be a good marker of your graduates to come as well. Help younger kids by having them show and tell their projects, most recent homework assignments or games to you. Help them structure their presentation so it’s interesting to audience members.

Reconsider Your Degree

While today’s students are free to pursue any degree they like, it’s important to note that some programs can be more advantageous for your graduates who plan to become leaders. For example, getting an online master’s in coaching will provide them with key insights regarding things like how to offer constructive criticism. Some of the other degree programs they might want to consider include, Human Resources, Political Science, Law, English and others. Your own child will probably have a good idea of what interests them and how they will use their talents in the workforce.

If you’re serious as an institution in cultivating more effective leaders, now is the time to plan your courses accordingly. There are a wide range of college courses students can take to start building leadership experience and if you know how to build each curriculum properly, the rest is easy. Review the quick reference guide provided above to determine which classes would be most appropriate and advantageous for your student.