Graduating from college is a worthy accomplishment, but earning your degree doesn't always mean you're ready for the real world.
A graduate's career readiness — meaning the set of skills that makes you well-prepared to enter the workforce — can be just as important as a diploma. Generally speaking, having career skills means you can communicate well, think critically, collaborate with others, and be creative. Employers pay close attention to these skills because they can help you succeed at any given job.
Key Competencies for Career Readiness
There are many ways to improve your career readiness. You can seek early exposure to the workplace by doing internships, apprenticeships, and job shadows. You can also work on interpersonal attributes, known as "soft skills," like critical thinking, public speaking, multitasking, attitude, and work ethic.
Soft skills are often the reason employers decide whether to hire, keep, or promote an employee, and developing them helps prepare you for the workforce.
We've narrowed them down to five main soft skills that every college student should master, regardless of career path.
Evan Thompson is a Washington-based writer for TBS covering higher education. He has bylines in the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, and others from his past life as a newspaper reporter.
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