For years, some business schools have gotten away with just providing a textbook education but companies are looking for more than facts and figures. They want to see practical competence in the practice of business, like teamwork skills, along with character strength. For college students looking to get a head start, here are a few skills to brush up on:
Dress the part.
it’s very important to dress the part. Most companies have a dress policy: mostly business casual Monday through Thursday, smart casual on Friday. However it depends with the companies Why? Because that’s what companies expect.
Depending on the career path you choose to pursue, make sure what you wear to class reflects the industry standard. By doing so, you come off as more professional to your professor and peers.
Know when technology is appropriate.
Many students fall into the millennial generation and have grown up in a digital world. They are adept at texting and tweeting, pros at posting selfies and addicted to being in constant, instantaneous contact with their environment.
The business world is different. You actually have to sit through an hour-long meeting without checking your cell phone, Facebook or instant-message platform.
Get into the habit at school. Learn to turn off your phones and pay attention. Not only will you show respect for your professor and classmates, but you will be more focused on what is happening in class. Hey, you might even learn something.
It’s still about people and connections are vital.
Our digital world has replaced many things, including face-to-face interaction. But in the business environment, people still communicate with each other in-person.
To make it in the real world, developing communication skills is key. Learn how make small talk, network, get to know many people and exercise humility and appreciation.
Be open to feedback.
No one likes criticism but being critiqued is something that is constantly occurring in workplace. Assessments are starting to become more common. Understandably, some feedback may sting, but it only makes people better. So if you are receiving an assessment, be receptive. Ask questions and be open to different perspectives. This will not only improve your personality but also your job productivity.