#056 – Using the College Years to Prepare for Career

In this podcast Vicki and Lynn followed up on an earlier episode about professionalism by talking about some of the practical things that students can do during their college years to prepare for career. Students who start early and think about all of their college experiences as preparation for the world of work, will have an advantage. We discuss characteristics that will set students apart as well as how to learn and practice a professional ethic in and outside of the classroom. We consider how parents can support — or sometimes hinder — their student’s professional growth and career development.

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“To get a good job.”

That’s the reason that many students give for why they are going to college.  And one of the things that many students, and often their parents as well, need to learn or remember is that just having a college degree in hand will not automatically lead to that good job. It is important – essential – to pay attention to what students do during those college years to build the professionalism and work ethic that will help them land, and thrive in, the job they want.

Back in episode #54, we discussed professionalism during college in a more general way by exploring some of the concepts of Jeffrey Selingo’s book There Is Life After College and we reviewed some of the qualities that employers have identified as important as they look for new hires.  If you haven’t listened to that episode, it may be a good place to start before listening to this one.

In this episode, we get down to the basics of the practical things that students can do to build their career skills and attitude during the college years.

We shared a list of qualities that recent graduates have said they found important.  We discussed how students can work on each of the following:

  • Creating goals and action plans
  • Immersing themselves in their field
  • Articulation and demonstrating their passion
  • Challenging themselves
  • Making the most of internships
  • Networking
  • Practicing and demonstrating persistence

We also shared a long list of how those activities that students engage in every day in college can translate into important workplace skills and attitudes, as well as a list of ways that you can help support your student and ways that can interfere with their progress.

If you’d like to follow up on this topic, here are a few additional articles that may be helpful.

Does Your College Student Have an Advisory Board?

Helping Your Student with Goal Setting – and Action Plans

What Matters for Your Student’s Career?

Why Your College Student Should Consider an Internship

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