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10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: The Know-How You Need to Succeed

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You'll learn a lot of things in college, but there's one thing the textbooks won't teach you: how to acquire marketable job skills before you graduate.Award-winning college professor and student adviser Bill Coplin has been developing skill-based liberal arts curricula for more than 30 years, and has helped thousands of students get great jobs. Here, he lays down the essential skills you need to survive and succeed in today's job market, based on his extensive interviews with employers, recruiters, human resource...
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10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College, Revised: The Skills You Need to Succeed

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You'll learn a lot of things in college, but there's one thing the textbooks won't teach you: how to acquire marketable job skills before you graduate.Award-winning college professor and student adviser Bill Coplin has been developing skill-based liberal arts curricula for more than 30 years, and has helped thousands of students get great jobs. Here, he lays down the essential skills you need to survive and succeed in today's job market, based on his extensive interviews with employers, recruiters, human resource specialists, and employed college grads. Going beyond test scores and GPAs, Coplin teaches you how to develop real-world know-how in ten crucial skill groups:
  • Work Ethic
  • Physical Performance
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Teamwork
  • Influencing People
  • Research
  • Number Crunching
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving Mastering these 10 THINGS, you'll earn not only your degree but also the skills you need to impress employers and land your dream job right after college. Reviews“Coplin's theories are brilliant and dead on. I can't remember the last time someone asked me my GPA or major, but I use parts of these ten skill groups every day in my job at Disney.” —Jim Gallagher, Senior Vice-President of Creative Advertising, The Walt Disney Company“Clear, concise, and complete. The ultimate playbook for college students.” —Pierre Mornell, author, HIRING SMARTClick for an excerpt featured on Newsweek's website.
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This straightforward career development guide is designed to help bewildered high school graduates get the most out of the college experience. The author identifies the traits and skills that employers rate as most significant when seeking candidates. Through individual chapters, he discusses the importance of each "KHS" (know-how skill), what college courses can provide experience in an area, and where one can go to read more about it. Many categories are obvious: work ethics, communication, and problem solving. The author explains, however, how both in-class and non-course activities can enrich the learning of each skill. Volunteer work, personal budgeting, daily writing, and community involvement are all suggested activities that enhance character traits and round out a résumé. Each chapter is supplemented by students' stories of how the acquired know-how has since been beneficial at work or in other classes. The second part looks specifically at college selection, program and course selection, and creating connections for employment. Internships, foreign exchange programs, and making the most of even recreational activities are examined as "boosters" to the basic skills discussed earlier. Part 3 examines the transition from school to career: What will you do with your degree? Do you want happiness, fame, wealth? This chapter explains how to narrow career aspirations, itemize the skills learned above, and plug them into a dynamic resume. This outstanding resource provides an overview of what the optimal college experience is about. All college-bound students should be required to read this book. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal withpushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Ten Speed Press, 272p.; Index. Source Notes. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18.
—Kevin Beach
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580085243
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 818,669
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

BILL COPLIN is the director and a professor of the public affairs program at Syracuse University. He is the author of numerous books on politics and public policy, and is also the author of How You Can Help.
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