How to Develop the Hireable Skills You'll Actually Need After College
Below are the tips:
Solicit Feedback Ruthlessly-
Get feedback from everyone you can. Ask your professors, also your peers, and try extra hard to get feedback from people that are not in university and/or have been out of the system for a while.
Get feedback on everything. On your writing, the way you made your most recent decision, your side projects, your schedule, social situations,etc.
Getting feedback is probably the best way to improve yourself. There are just some things that we can’t see in ourselves that other people can point out fast. Prioritize this and you’ll be way ahead the rest of your peers.
How do you do this? It’s mustering up a small amount of courage and just saying “Hey, can I ask you a question?” And then ask it.
Most people are honored you’d ask them.
Some people might be vague with their feedback, which might not help out all that much. But every once in a while you’ll find someone who is brutally honest. These are the people you need more feedback from. Be thankful, put the advice in to practice, and then pay it forward. When someone asks you for advice, be honest.
Solve Problems And Add Value-
Quick summary: Reach out to someone you’d like to work for. Offer to work on a mini project that would be useful to them, for free to start. Then blow them out of the water with your work. Nurture that relationship and develop yourself.
Everyone is struggling with something, and everyone’s too busy. Use that to your advantage, offer to help.
Get Some Skills On The Side-
If you take anything away from this piece it’s this: while you’re at university make something else a big part of your life (Read: actively avoid trying to make your world revolve only around school). You have control over who you become. Develop a skill on the side.