What skills do college graduates need to learn before they enter the workplace?
If they pay attention in college, graduates are provided and taught the basic skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Some skills include:
Submit assignments on time
Attention to detail and accuracy
How to have a friendly and affable personality
Have a working knowledge of a computer and popular software applications
Be an independent thinker
Able to interpret information given to its required use
A foreign language commonly used in workplace society
Need to learn? No, surely you mean 'desirably to have been learned.' Some of the most successful people in life never went to college. Indeed, it has been postulated that this was to their advantage, allowing them to better develop their individuality. Some of High Schools' worst students have, by dint of initiative and not having been told what is - and is not possible - have gone on to become the world's greats.
Of course it is desireable to have skills and abilities before one enters the workforce. But it is far more important to have 'qualities.'
communication and the assertiveness are tow of the most important once I guess because these two will help you survive in most kind of job!
I would say soft skills. Young people of every generation have to learn that living/working on your own requires the ability to deal with many different personalities, levels of intelligence, and backgrounds.
They also need to learn that starting at the bottom and working your way up is honorable. Just be cause you were at the top of your class in Business Administration (or whatever) doesn't mean you know everything. It's ok to start out as an assistant or low level employee and learn about the environment as you go.
Flexibility should be the first one that college grads learn when they enter the workplace. College is far different from workplace because a work place is a forest with hungry predators who can trample you like a doormat if you don't know how to dance with them.
They need to learn how important it is to have the right attitude. Having a positive attitude can quite often overcome any technical deficiencies you might have. It's hard to give someone a bad worker rating if they are always in a good mood and have a positive attitude towards the tasks they are given. No one wants to work with a debbie downer.
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