From February 19 – 21, 2020, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Center for Third Space Thinking will welcome students and teachers from the Merced Union High School District to a residential learning program of digital storytelling, video production, and soft skills development at USC Annenberg. Students will be introduced to important communication skills including storytelling methods in today’s digital ecosystem and video production processes with which they can effectively communicate with the community and tell their personal stories. The program will also teach critical soft skills using the Annenberg Third Space Thinking framework of Adaptability, Cultural Competency, Empathy, Intellectual Curiosity, and 360-Degree Thinking or ACE-IT.   These soft skills are expected to help the students achieve success in their future college life and careers. “The Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) is in the mecca of the agriculture industry and our students only get to see the impact of agriculture on our economy and agriculture as a viable career option. Conversely, USC is in the mecca of the entertainment industry and we want to expose our students to the vast career opportunities in the entertainment and communication industry,” said Constantino Aguilar, the Assistant Superintendent of Educational […]

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On Friday, October 11th, more than a 100 local youth from 11 high schools came together to attend High School Day, USC Annenberg’s signature community engagement program.
Third Space instructor, Chris Swain conducted two hands-on workshops in Third Space Thinking and the attribute: 360 Degree Thinking. Students learned about the Third Space research that shows a growing demand for soft skills in the workplace.

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This summer I interned as a Software Engineering Intern at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company in Santa Clara, California. The Bay Area where Aruba is headquartered is bustling with innovation and energy. Third Space skills played a very important role throughout the course of my internship. Intellectual curiosity along with 360 degree thinking in the workplace is the driving force of innovation and success.

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Los Angeles- “A Que Venimos?” asked Third Space Youth Institute Director Victor Cruz Jr. to a room full of Latinx high school students. “ A Triunfar!” cheered the students in reply as they began their second day at Annenberg’s Third Space Youth Institute.

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Third Space fellows Alison Horstmeyer and Jaime Carias gave a keynote address on leveraging soft skills in the healthcare industry to future public health professionals at Keck School of Medicine’s 2019 Public Health Career Fair.

In “ACE-IT Skills: Essential Skills for Any Public Health Professional”, they shared the importance of using soft skills– or, “power skills”– such as communication, adaptability and empathy in order to meet meaningful, positive public health outcomes.

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Third Space is thrilled to officially announce the 2019 Third Space Youth Institute!

This unique partnership with Riverside and Los Angeles counties will welcome migrant students to USC’s campus this summer for a free, four-day residential program. The students will learn critical soft skills, college readiness, career development, professional networking, and personal branding.

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On February 14-17, 2019, Hispanic leaders and future Hispanic leaders gathered in downtown Chicago for the 37th Annual United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) National Conference.

At the conference, Third Space Fellow Jaime Carias led a series of ACE IT Skills: Young Professionals and Career Success workshops for both undergraduate and graduate students attending the conference to help them develop soft skills to aide their career success with vital problem-solving skills. Chicago may have been cold, but Jaime’s welcome was warm!

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In an increasingly automated, data-driven world, it may come as a surprise that intrinsically human soft skills are driving the future of the workplace—at least according to LinkedIn’s 2019 Global Talent Trends Report. However, though increasingly important, soft skills still remain fairly ambiguous, namely because they are difficult to measure.

Third Space is aiming to solve this by revolutionizing the soft skill assessment.

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