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5 factors that determine career readiness for college grads

Although in college, GPA is a standard measure of success but while applying for a job, there are more important factors that determine whether or not you are a worthy applicant. When comparing various job candidates, hiring managers always look beyond a student’s transcript. There are several specific attributes that employers look for on a candidate’s resume than just their college scores. There are several factors that determine your career readiness as a college grad and before you apply for any job, you need to consider these:

1. Ability to collaborate with others

Having that same ability to cope with the environment is a must in a professional life. It’s unlikely that you’ll be the company’s only employee, so you need to be able to work harmoniously with other workers. Just as humans come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, they also have a range of personalities, preferences, and experiences. While conflicts are inevitable, cooperation is essential to the team’s success. Below are tips for developing team-working skills:

  • Share the knowledge with the peers
  • Build rapport with classmates and others
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Embrace diversity
  • Acknowledge the validity of different viewpoints

2. Make use of your Analytical Skills

Remember, this one important thing – “Employers hire those people who can make use of their analytical skills and be the problem solver for the firm.” They seek people who can offer more from their end and have a legit way to solve the problems. So, this aspect pretty much clarifies that you need to have a problem solving approach while analyse Tips for developing problem-solving skills include the following:

  • Identify the problem and analyse the loopholes as well
  • Identify possible solutions and their pros and cons
  • Evaluate its effectiveness and then

3. Master your Written and Verbal Communication Skills

The resume/ job application is your first test of your written communication skills. Some aspiring applicants seek guidance in formulating the content on their CVs or job application based emails, but they need to understand the fact that once they are on the job, employers will rightfully expect them to have the skills to compose and respond to email messages, write reports, etc. Which is why, it is important for them to master their written communication skills before joining the job. Likewise, your employer also expects you to interface with the clients – and with that,  what is being said and how it is said are equally important parts for you to master. So, communicating well verbally, is another factor that determines your career readiness. These tips might come handy:

  • Maintain eye contact
  • Pay attention to body language (avoid frowning, folding arms across your chest, etc.)
  • To avoid misunderstanding, evaluate how your message could be received
  • Refresh your grammar skills
  • Read well-written books
  • Overcome the fear of speaking in public
  • Acquire PowerPoint presentation skills

4. Strong Work Ethic

Be punctual, productive and far away from procrastination. Committing entirely to the work is vital to a company achieving its goals. Every employee, from the CEO to entry-level workers, must have a good work ethic to keep the company functioning at its peak. Workplace productivity , Professionalism, Respectfulness, Dependability, Dedication, Determination, Accountability and Humility are some of the top principles that define strong work ethics.

5. Leadership

Employers seek people who are influential and have a number of soft skills to positively interact with employees or team members in order to get the desired results. Employers seek applicants who know how to motivate others, increase morale, and delegate responsibilities are some of the leadership traits companies seek. So, it is a priority for you to practice and develop leadership skills.

Tips for developing leadership skills include the following:

  • Volunteer to lead groups
  • Encourage and motivate friends and classmates to reach their goals
  • Mediate arguments among your friends
  • Practice being accountable and accepting responsibility when something goes wrong
  • Recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of others

Hope these factors help you determine your career readiness and help you land your dream job. Also, it is always better to seek career guidance before you take any major step. And for this, you can get in touch with the career counsellors at

Author: Rohit Kapur


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