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Preparing Students for the College to Career Transition Needs to Start in School

Help Young Professionals See the Gray in The World & Embrace It
As educators, it is difficult to balance teaching subject mastery, while also looking at how your lessons will serve your students in the future. But current statistics on student preparedness for the workplace show that there is much work to be done in terms of education and leveraging the time spent in university to prepare students for the world of work.

Nearly ¾ of students feel their college didn’t adequately prepare them for the professional world. While ¾ of Employers say they have a difficult time finding recent grads for open positions who have the required soft skills that their company needs. Both sides are struggling, and colleges and universities are a key intermediary that can help close this gap.

The Real-Time Learner Difference

At NimblyWise, what we aim to do is develop real-time learners. Why? The world of work is changing and the way we prepare our students for this world needs to change with it.

You see, we’re on the verge of what is being called the 4th industrial revolution. We’re living in a world where technology is driving change beyond our wildest imagination every single day. This is going to generate millions of new jobs over the next few years, many of which aren’t even in existence today. Machines will be doing basic tasks, it’s the soft skills and ability to think critically that will be key to career success during this revolution.

How can you educate someone for a job that doesn’t even exist?

It’s not book learning. Nor subject mastery. The key is teaching students how to become a real-time learner, paired with foundational soft skills that will enable them to navigate new situations and remain curious.

So what does being a real-time learner mean?

It means embracing a learning mindset that allows you to be:

  • Relentlessly curious
  • Situationally aware
  • Able to identify personal skills gaps and how to overcome them
  • Recognize patterns and make connections
  • A big picture thinker who can also pay attention to small details

Having these skills enable young professionals to move from a place of fear and frustration to confidence and opportunity. The sooner we instill that mindset and real-time learning understanding, the more value it will provide students as they transition from college to career.

The Importance of Foundational Skills for the World of Work

Today, 91% of employers say critical thinking, clear communication, and problem solving skills are more important than their major. As an educator, this is sometimes difficult to understand. However, there are ways that you can help your students develop these foundational skills in your classroom, while still encouraging mastery of your subject area! The two are not mutually exclusive.

Encourage ambiguous projects, inspire volunteer or internship work, help promote extracurricular clubs, and more. Check out our blog post on how you can help students prepare, regardless of the curriculum.

NimblyWise Can Help Your Institution Provide Greater Workforce Preparedness Training

It doesn’t have to all be on you. NimblyWise has worked with many higher education institutions to implement unique learning opportunities and training programs that prepare students for the world of work. If your institution is on the cutting-edge, providing students with unparalleled resources for career preparation, you’ll attract even greater students and families to explore what you have to offer. Let us help you design educational experiences that help you stand out. Get in touch for a free consultation today!
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