As shown in this compelling infographic, Internships.com and General Assembly have new data for those graduates entering the workforce; specifically, the skills employers are demanding as they hand-pick the best of available new talent.
After reviewing the data, the question must be asked: Should colleges & universities be doing more to prepare their students for today’s workforce?
While still in school, it can be easy to keep reality on the back-burner. Unfortunately, that often leads to a lack of preparation… and a tough job search after graduation.
The reality is that college students everywhere are learning that you must be ready to compete for the job, aggressively, well before you walk across that stage, diploma in hand. Let’s just say: “Regrets… they have a few.”
Ask the self-employed and solopreneurs for advice on how to get your next gig and you’ll hear the same thing, over and over:
“You need a website to land clients”
Now ask yourself: If I am in a job search, doesn’t this same logic apply to me? Or is a killer resume and LinkedIn profile all you need?
There are many things that can trip you up in the job search. They’ll cause you to get frustrated, lose heart, and maybe want to give up.
But most are avoidable if you put some forethought and planning into the process.
The university I attended was large, but a few years removed from college I still feel a common bond and sense of purpose whenever I meet a fellow alum.
For students and grads, those alumni connections provide even more value: alumni connections are an important resource that will accelerate your networking, learning and career opportunities:
Based on Steven Covey’s classic book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” our friend Daisy Wright created this impactful infographic, which shows the traits closely associated with job seekers who routinely enjoy career success. As Daisy says: “These principles…are not quick-fixes for one’s job search or career, nor are they all-inclusive. However, they can be used…to measure one’s commitment to personal and professional development.” Well said, Daisy. Well said. Spend a little time reading the infographic, and then ask yourself: “How many of these habits do I consistently demonstrate to my peers, network and potential employers?”