College and university leaders say ensuring that graduates are ready for the workforce means equipping them not just with real-world skills, but with the soft skills of communication and critical thinking. Four higher-education experts share their insights into how colleges can prepare students for career success.
Students working toward their Ph.D.s can use metaphors about a traffic circle and off-roading to reframe their career choices both inside and outside of academia, writes Julia McAnallen, director of Ph.D. Career Services at Michigan State University. In this commentary, she explains the metaphors and how they can break down mental barriers that may limit a career path.
When switching careers, highlight the change with a concise, distinctive headline in your LinkedIn profile, Jane Heifetz writes. Use recommendations, images and media samples to showcase your accomplishments.
High-school students who express an interest in science, technology, engineering and math but choose another path, may do so because they do not know about the wide range of STEM careers, writes Wendy Drexler, director of online development for continuing education at Brown University. She highlights Brown's free massive open online course -- Exploring Engineering -- as one way to help students learn about engineering careers.
A Maine high school recently hosted a career day for about 250 10th-graders who were asked to map out their day by choosing three areas of career interest. Some students interacted via Skype with an aerospace engineer while others attended sessions on optometry and automotive science.