Hello lovelies! Today I am sharing some advice on how my fellow college students can better prepare ourselves for the workforce and post-grad life. According to a 2015 survey, employer and student perceptions often differ vastly on how well-prepared and skilled new graduates are for the workforce. Employers are a lot more skeptical about the skills that students possess, the study revealed. Luckily, there is a lot more things that students in college can do now to get ahead and make sure that they are ready for the workforce. Here’s a few tips.

Focus on a diverse skills set

Don’t limit yourself just to a specific part of your major – havingĀ a wider skill-set including communication skills, tech skills, time management and organization skills will make you a lot more valuable as a future employee.

Related: Skills Employers Look for in Interns

Prove you belong there

When you come into your first job post-college, get involved. Show that you are loyal to where you are working and that you genuinely want to be a part of the work culture. Get to know your co-workers and find a mentor to improve your success.

Take internships

During college, get hands-on experience in the field you want to build a career in by doing internships. Internships will help you narrow down exactly what you want to do post-graduate, help you get direct experience, and introduce you to the work environment.

Related: Finding the Right College Job or Internship

Make the most of career services

Spend time in your career services department. Talk to advisers to come up with a plan for your future, gain knowledge about potential opportunities, and find connections for networking.

Be flexible and mobile

Be prepared to take on a good opportunity anywhere. Being flexible and willing to go great lengths for the right company is a wonderful way to start your new career.

Thanks for reading! Please share your comments below or with me on Twitter @CaseyDonart

xoxo Casey

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