Make Going to College Work for You!
ATTN: College Students…
You’re either in college now or you are about to go to college in the Fall.
If you’re in college now, then your mind is probably preoccupied with a never-ending to-do list such as
- completing course requirements,
- pursuing potential internships,
- seeking summer jobs,
- increasing your GPA,
- selecting a major and so on.
And if you just got accepted, then your mindset is probably totally cluttered with all the excitement that goes along with starting a new life chapter.
In either case, you need to STOP and give some thought as to how you’re going to make college really work for you!
Many of you are at the beginning of your adult life experience.
That means you are now the primary “quarterback” of your own college and career success game plan.
And, as such, you need to be aware of the essential skills you’ll need to manage the lifelong learning challenges that you’re certainly going to encounter as you pursue your degree and professional career.
A recent study commissioned by the Business Higher Education Forum examined approximately 56 million resumes and 150 million unique U.S. job postings to determine the essential skills required to function effectively in today’s digital economy and workplace.
The Burning Glass Technologies study group’s analysis identified 14 specific skills distributed within a spectrum consisting of the following areas– Human Skills, Digital Building Block Skills, and Business Enabler Skills.
They found that these 14 skills were in high demand not only within the digital sectors but also across our broad-based economy.
Those possessing these skills earned higher salaries and experience greater job mobility.
That’s what you’re aiming for, right?!
The Burning Glass study group also acknowledged that college students needed to recognize and engage these foundational skills in preparing for future careers.
They recommended that college students:
- Value the importance of these skills for landing jobs and advancing careers.
- Build a mindset to become a continuous learner.
- Seek out opportunities to acquire New Foundational Skills through curricular and co-curricular activities and hands-on learning.
- Signal possession of New Foundational Skills by including them in one’s resume or by acquiring certifications that have currency with employers.
- Develop and learn by doing: Supplement coursework with volunteer work, internships, or work-based learning opportunities.
- Continuously seek out information about the evolving skill requirements in the labor market; learn to identify how these skills manifest in new fields.
So you’re thinking, “what does this have to do with me?”
Well, you’re the quarterback…right?
Then you’re going to need a team.
The study group’s above recommendations lay out a great framework template for you to use in developing your college and career success game plan.
Now all you have to do is select your team members.
Attending New Student Orientation offers you multiple opportunities to recruit potential candidates, such as peer advisers, academic advisers, student support personnel, and faculty members.
Or if you’re currently enrolled, then you are a bit more familiar with campus staff and personnel. You can consider folks from athletics, career services, financial aid, and/or academic librarians.
You do have a broad spectrum of on and off campus team member to chose from.
And a host of free resources available to help you with your planning.
You just have to do your homework and recruit members who will work in your best interest and advise you accordingly.
If you’re really serious about achieving college and career success, then do yourself a favor…
Be pro-active, establish your team, and interact with them when issues and/or challenges warrant that you do so.
And remember, you are your team’s quarterback…you call the plays and they provide you with support.
They’ll get you to the Super Bowl = Your Graduation… if you continually network and connect.
That’s the whole point of this experience in the first place, now isn’t it!