Job-seekers in today’s market must cultivate the traditional workplace skill-sets of their parents and mentors and develop minimum skills for the 21st century due to rapid advances in technology. That means your skills, as well as your degree, can be what these employers and recruiters are looking for. Here are some tips that an undergraduate can develop a necessary skill set for the modern workplace when you are ready.
1. Have a part-time job after class
First, working part-time can help improve students' self-esteem. By earning their hard-working salary, students will gain a sense of achievement, they can realize their value and prove to themselves that they are capable people. Not only that, they now can have a feel of financial independence, students will acquire a sense of maturity while their parents don’t need to giving them money all the time.
Second, part-time jobs can provide both training and experience. Students who work part-time will have real experience in the work environment, and this will prepare them psychologically for their future careers.
Moreover, the level of competitiveness in most workplaces is often much higher than what students are familiar with at school. So when working part-time, they can acquire a healthy sense of competition, which is a big plus for them during the interview process.
But they should make sure that their part-time work does not interfere with their studies. Students should keep in mind the importance of a good balance between schoolwork and part-time jobs.
2. Learn how to communicate efficiently
Effective communication is not only about exchanging information but also understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. As well as being able to convey a message, you need to also listen in a way that gains the full meaning of what’s being said and makes the other person feel heard and understood.
Communication is essential in the work environment after college. Even though you’ve done presentations before, having the emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills to deal with a boss and your colleagues can help you a lot.
During the interview process, your communication skill is an important point and the interviewer can base on that aspect to decide you are hired or not.
3. Always stay up-to-date
While some entry-level careers are more competitive than others, all jobs require work and preparation. So, staying current on technology and industry trends gives you an advantage over other applicants. Most students are more up-to-date with technology than seasoned professionals, giving them an advantage in the market.
To have an in-depth look at the changing landscape inside your career and better prepare, subscribe to all the relative websites about your career, or join a group of people working in your career.
4. Have basic technology knowledge (even when your role did not focus on IT)
In today’s technologically oriented economy, it’s no surprise that employees with strong computer skills fare better in the job market than their technology-challenged counterparts. This trend influences hiring for virtually all jobs, not just technology-centered positions.
For example, you can fix the common problem that might occur with you or your colleague’s computer, or you ready to work on any task that is new to you because you have the skills to use Google to find useful information
5. Don't procrastinate
Start looking for opportunities before you graduate, even when that job does not the one you may work at in the future when you graduated. Let looking for work related to your major now, so you can have more real-life knowledge of your career.
For example, journalism students could benefit from working in a print production plant. This provides an inside look at how the business functions. Accounting students may want to work as a receptionist at the local tax office. IT students can work as an IT helpdesk to have more experience with all kinds of computers.
For all the college students who want to prepare for the best before working in the modern workplace, let’s start doing something for your future career now. It’s never to be late to start anything but remember to have goals for yourself, which can benefit you in the modern work environment.
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