By Sonia Billadeau
Jeffrey J. Selingo's novel, There Is Life After College, has been a hit among multiple people. According to the Washington Post, Selingo said he has been asked several questions about the crucial skill set that graduates need to succeed in today’s competitive job market.
Curious how to make yourself successful as a recent graduate?
Here are five skills that Selingo believes will deliver success:
1. Every graduate should be “digitally aware”
Today, students are often referred to as “digital natives” because at a young age they were raised on technology. But being digitally-informed isn’t about turning on a device and using it or making more people into screen zombies. It’s more “about moving from a passive relationship with technology to a more active one — especially in understanding the how and why behind machines, not just the what.”
2. Get through life without a syllabus
According to the Washington Post, Selingo said, “the future belongs to those graduates who possess 'agency' — who act with purpose and determination to drive themselves across a career map without clearly marked roads.
“If students are simply good at taking tests, jumping through hoops, and following the rules, chances are pretty good that they’ll struggle in their start after college. The problem is that students are failing to build in college the resilient muscles that they will need as adults to manage risk and succeed in unpredictable lives”.
Learn to drop the syllabus and act for yourself.
3. Have a thirst for learning
Even after school, the learning should never stop. Graduates need to create their own path of learning and choose to never stop. For more than twenty years of our lives, we are directed by teachers and parents, but once we are in the workforce, it is our responsibility to strive in our learning.
“If you don’t seek to learn, you don’t try new things,” says Bob Iger, CEO of Disney. “I don’t think you can run a business today in a very dynamic marketplace without being curious.”
4. Apply what you’ve learned
“Students need the ability to generalize core principles and apply them in many different places. This is what’s often called transfer learning. Our ability to drive almost any car on the market without reading its manual is an example of knowledge transfer, as is our ability to solve math equations involving any number once we learn the basic formula,” states Selingo.
Transfer your senior thesis paper about King Henry IV to everyday life. Find a way to apply it. Everything you’ve learned has a purpose.
5. Be humble
Recently, some have said that this generation of college graduates are more self-confident than previous generations. It’s imbedded in our mind to avoid any kind of failure. Often if we’ve failed once, we give up.
However mistakes are a part of growing and we have to accept that perfection takes time.
Selingo says, “New graduates need to be patient about their careers and realistic about their roles within a company. Given we’re going to be living longer and working longer, patience is perhaps the most important quality in life after college.”
Keep this list in mind and be your best at every working opportunity you receive. If you are starting college or still in attendance, be prepared of what will come once entering the workforce. Most importantly, have a little faith in yourself that you will succeed.