For Those Who Will Graduate . . .

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Facing the future

I recently saw British workplace adviser Jane Hart give a talk about social media and its teaching tools. Ms. Hart is known for her popular website, Top 100 Tools for Learning, but she also co-authors a site for students that includes interesting resources: ALifeofJobs.com. The premise is that college students should be thinking about their “life of [many] jobs” from the time they enter college – and they should consider that they’ll need to take charge of their professional development.

Speaking of development, a recent survey from Chegg shows that hiring managers want certain soft skills they believe are in short supply in recent graduates. (Read those results, and see “Guides to Career Success” for students, here.)

If you’re a college student (at any stage) looking forward to graduating, it’s worth your time to check out these resources!

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College Transcripts in Unusual Flavor: They Gauge Work Readiness

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"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.

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Road to College Success Paved with More than Academics

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

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