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The skillsets for career success

It's no secret that a liberal arts education helps build the skills that employers seek most. Each year, when companies throughout the country are polled on which skills are most important to them in hiring, the same skills rise to the top of the list:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Initiative
  • Analytical and quantitative skills
  • Work ethic
  • Leadership
  • Detail-orientation

While our students develop many of these skills through coursework, they don’t always know how to translate them to the job search journey. You can help your students make the leap from classroom to career in several ways:

Incentivizing students to visit the Walter Center for a one-on-one resume critique allows them to experience the benefits of meeting with a career coach and utilizing the Career Studio to meet with peer coaches and polish up on their skills. Get in touch with our Career Education team to organize this assignment.

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Faculty are encouraged to partner with an employer to develop projects and assignments that require students to apply their learning to real or simulated industry problems. Our Employer Relations team can offer insight to help you get started.

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Need help incorporating careers into your classroom?

The Walter Center is here to help! We can work with you to investigate opportunities for career integration and connect you to companies and alumni who can help students approach classwork with a career-minded focus.

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