Each week, the Students in the Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, with assistance from a group of respected business people, will answer your financial questions.
What are employers looking for when hiring college graduates?
With graduation around the corner, this is an important question for all of us to review. Employers look for many things, but here are few that stand out.
Education plus application is necessary in this competitive job market. Students who join career-related organizations, volunteer their time using skills that are applicable to their field and take on internship opportunities will be at a competitive advantage compared to those who only took the necessary courses to graduate.
Having a global perspective is another important skill. As business turns more international, employers are looking for employees that have an understanding of multiple cultures. Studying abroad is a great opportunity to get desirable experience of new and exciting countries. Being bilingual is also valued in many fields.
Passion is an essential trait that employers look for in prospective employees. They want somebody with a drive to excel. They are looking for a ship with sail, someone who knows what they want and how they plan on getting there. Be a person on a mission and always have a positive attitude.
To put it simply, employers are looking for candidates who have the right degree and skill sets to thrive in the position they are trying to fill. By knowing what employers want, you can prepare for a successful career.
E-mail your questions to the Student in Free Enterprise Team at SIFECORNER@gmail.com.