The Skills to Succeed
A recent survey conducted by Global Strategy Group shows employers aren’t satisfied with the skills fresh graduates bring to the table. Most employers surveyed said new grads lack “soft skills,” those interpersonal abilities that go beyond mere technical know-how.
And this isn’t a problem for the companies only. “Sixty percent of all respondents said that fewer than half of graduates have the skills they need to succeed.”
What Kinds of Skills?
The article lists the following four much needed skills:
- Critical Thinking
- People Skills
Though these skills are needed in school as well, few graduates are prepared for how they function in the real world of business.
What About You?
Are you being given opportunities to learn and/or grow in these skills? What would it mean to know you have both the “hard skills” you need to land a job but also the “soft skills” necessary to work well with your associates and succeed within your career?
HR Director Amanda Pollack recommends you “Get a mentor, someone in the office or outside work who can spot your shortfalls and coach you to improve them.”
Seeking Interns to Mentor
I’m looking for three or four students to mentor in exchange for internship help in three specific areas:
- Web/Wordpress/SocialMedia – assistance with maintenance, updates and creation of sites and integrations.
- PR/Marketing – getting the who, what, where, when, and how of my work out to the media and customers
- History Research – uncovering the stories, contrasts and facts to explain the dramatic differences of life today verses every other period in human history for upcoming writing and speaking projects.
In exchange for the expected 5 hours of work per week, you’ll not only gain the experience of working on real projects that can be used as proof of your capabilities and success, I’ll coach you on life/career planning, success principles, and people skills mentioned in the article above.