Employers feel that college isn't preparing students for employment. Involvement in what types of clubs/organizations/activities would indicate to them that students are ready for a real word job?
In order to be prepared for a real world job you need to actually work in the real world. During your academic studies this is accomplished by an internship or co-op in your field. Participation in clubs and…View all answers »
Does an applicant's undergraduate major/minor matter or only that they possess a bachelor's degree?
The answer is it depends upon your field. If you are going into a field that requires a specific skill set and academic background then yes your major does matter as employers will not hire someone without…View all answers »
How early in one's college career should they start looking at post-graduate opportunities (such as jobs or graduate schools)?
In order to ensure that you have an adequate amount of time to prepare, and/or recover from any missteps from your freshman year, you should have your plans made no later than the beginning of the last semester…View all answers »
Why do employers value study abroad programs so highly? Do they value them more highly than on the job experience/internships?
The answer is it depends upon the company. If you are looking at a global company and/or one that is based outside of the United States, and the position(s) you are interested in are globally/internationally…View all answers »
When I was 22, I became a convicted felon over some pretty serious and hurtful choices I made in life. I ended up being incarcerated until the age of 33; I am 36 now. Since my release, I have worked hard to move forward with my life and make positive decisions for myself and others – I’ve stayed crime-free, I have gotten an Associate’s Degree, and I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree currently. I was also fortunate to find an entry level job; one which I was able to get promoted several times due to my hard-work and dedication. However, the company I worked for was bought by a much larger company that doesn’t allow felons to work in any higher sort of capacity, so basically I am stuck where I am at and don’t have any future prospects for job growth. So, I find myself looking at the possibility of finding other employment: My questions are as follows:1.Is there anything that I can do to mitigate my criminal past somewhat when it comes to future employment? 2.Are there any fields or companies who may be willing to look past my bad choices and give me a chance?Thanks for your response!
First off good for you for changing your life around and focusing on being the person now, that your younger self needed then. Hopefully you can be an example to other young people who are facing challenges…View all answers »
Are interviewers more concerned with technical skills or general professional skills?
The short answer is both are needed to be a truly competitive candidate. If you are technically skilled but unable or unwilling to behave in a professional manager, you are not a candidate that is attractive…View all answers »
Is it more beneficial to intern twice with the same company, or to intern at multiple companies?
The answer is it depends. If you are really trying to get hired in with that particular company than repeated internships with that employer is more beneficial as they are able to have a greater depth of understanding…View all answers »
What co-curricular activities, other than internships, would be most effective in preparing college students for the workforce?
There are no particular organizations that are better than another necessarily. What is important is what you do and how well you do in the activities that you choose. First and foremost an internship…View all answers »
I've read several articles about the value of emotional intelligence in the work place. How do employers measure soft skills (communication, decision making skills) before hiring?
Often employers are moving to, and have been using for a long time, behavior based interview models. In this interview format, they ask you to describe examples from your own personal and/or professional…View all answers »
What should I do to figure out what is best for me career wise?
The first thing to do is ask yourself what you are passionate about and what you really like to do that will also pay you a salary to meet your financial needs. If the answer is "I don't know" there are…View all answers »
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