"Works well with others"

“Works well with others”

People skills. Work ethic. Punctuality. To be a good employee involves, obviously, more than the ability to make the grade in college; and a few schools are recognizing that formally with job readiness scores on transcripts. In the case of Linn State Technical College in Missouri, profiled in Inside Higher Ed’s “Transcript for Work,” these scores have the overwhelming approval of industry.

Lessons here for students? Well, first, I do think so-called soft skills are incredibly helpful, if not essential, to success in college; and traits like punctuality, good work ethic, and strong people skills are rewarded and encouraged through college class policies and assigned projects. However, I don’t think these life skills are terribly teachable at the college level; really, these skills arise from general human socialization, which would fall under the realm of parenting and would be formed starting at a very young age. (In fact, at age 18, it may be difficult to suddenly develop a work ethic, although I’m sure this happens as a result of various life wake-up calls.)

Still, if you’re a student it’s worthwhile to note that employers are looking for well-rounded people who can get along with others, honor company policy and rules, and work hard. Most certainly, if you have these traits and they are apparent to others, you will have a competitive advantage as a job-seeker.

Related on this site:
Road to College Success Paved with More than Academics

What Really Makes a Successful Student?

Image via mrg.bz / taliesin

Which “soft skills” do you think are most essential to success?