So, most students are now off for the summer and savouring the break from the relentless academic grind. I think now is the perfect time to work on those non-academic skills that help you successfully complete your program and transition to the workplace….eventually.
The Canadian Conference Board of Canada created this beautiful little document summarizing the skills that employers are looking for. This is the skillset that you want to start building if you want to become employable and in the drivers seat of your life. Wanna drive?!? Well, start building your skills in the following areas: Academic Skills, Personal Management Skills and Teamwork Skills.
Ok, now you know, no excuses 😉
Yes, I know, life can feel overwhelming (me today) at times, it can feel like you were just not born with the natural ability (neither was I), it can feel like you will never have what it takes to finish your program (I grew past this with practice and experience, and a wee bit of whining sometimes!)….
Well, if you have been following me for a while, or you know me from the college, you probably know what I am going to say next 😉
Feelings are NOT facts!
…let’s get our “Wise Mind” kicked into gear so that we can build these skills!
*Check out one of my previous posts for more information about your Wise Mind.
The best way to get into your Wise Mind, and get building those skills, is to listen to both your Emotional Mind and your Rational Mind. Tell them both to cooperate!
Emotional Mind: “I have NO idea where to start! EEEEeeeek!” (probably some swearing is inserted here, or negative words about yourself)
Rational Mind: “There is an actual list from some smart researchers that tell me what I need to work on to increase my employability”
Wise Mind: “Ok, breathe, you got this, breathe, start at the beginning and take it step-by-step…sigh…breathe…Step #1, Personal Management Skills”
Personal Management Skills
I have matched some, not all, of my previous posts that can help you to build the skills that employers are looking for.
Positive Attitudes and Behaviours
- Self-Concept: Yes, How You Feel About Yourself and Your Ability Does Effect Your Success
- Academic Self-Efficacy: Upgrading Your NeckTop Computer
- Perseverance, GRIT, Follow-Through: a.k.a “White-Knuckling it” Through Tough Times as You Achieve Your Goals
- Transition: Optimal Time to Focus on Personal Wellness
Want to Change Your Attitude?!?!
#StopComplaining #Adaptability #Resilience #YouStandOut #Adulting
…and become the potential employee that everyone wants to work with.
Shoot me a message and tell me about your experiences stretching yourself to grow into the successful student and future employee you want to be! #ReactWell
Dr. Heather Drummond, EdD (Counselling Psychology)
eSuccess-Coach * Passionate Advocate for Student Success