One of the challenges recent graduates often face is that they have very little work experience. They leave college armed with all the knowledge and enthusiasm vital to the workplace, but have a much harder time filling up their resume. The solution? Focus on transferable skills acquired from the classroom that can be applied to the workplace:
Classrooms are rife with opportunities for communication. Any time students collaborate on a project, share their views on an article, or review and peer edit papers, they are engaging in prime communication skills that are ideally suited for the workplace.
Deadlines are one of the main tenets of college education, and though many college students spend a good chunk of their academic careers procrastinating, the ability to ultimately get things done on time is a sign of a valuable employee.
Students may not feel it, but they are excellent multi-taskers. Any individual who can juggle several classes, sports, activities, and a social life is a person who can bring an equal sense of balance to their busy life in the workplace.
It often seems that the majority of what a student does in college is research. All of those long hours spent in the library prepare you for research you may have to do on the job. More than this, the research skills of a recent graduate are probably much more fresh than those of a seasoned employee who hasn’t stepped into the reference section of a library in years.
College years are some of the most shifting, unpredictable years of an individual’s life. First, that person is uprooted from their home, then they are placed into a foreign environment with many unfamiliar people and are left to fend for themselves, often for the first time in their lives. Someone who is able to successfully make it out of this situation unscathed can certainly take on the corporate world, learn to adapt to a new office environment and work with peers.
While listing the transferable skills that you acquired at college may not seem as convincing as listing job experience on a resume, hiring managers understand that you are young and haven’t had as much time out in the workforce. Moreover, they also know that college, in and of itself, is practically a full-time job. Always remember to focus on what you know and what you’re good at, and take pride in the fact that as an individual new to the working world, you have a fresh, creative, unbiased outlook on the market because that is often what a company is looking for.
Until next time,
The Doostang Team