Connecting the experiences you are acquiring in and outside of the classroom to the employability skills you are developing and enhancing that employers are looking for among college graduates. Each of these employability skills play a role in preparing you for what comes next and helping you making a positive and consequential impact on society.
Utilize the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and can guide, motivate, organize, prioritize, and delegate tasks in various environments.
Value, respect, learn, and understand individual differences among various identities along with the challenges they may experience.
Build collaborative relationships with others to work within a team structure, resolve conflicts, and identify strengths to overcome the team’s weaknesses.
Articulate thoughts and ideas that are organized in written/ oral forms effectively in a variety of ways.
Obtain and interpret information in order to think critically, assess problems, understand the cause, make decisions, and create solutions.
Identify and utilize different platforms to increase work efficiency and bring creative solutions that address industry related challenges.
Understand one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, goals, and experiences relevant to one’s career path and professional growth.
Establish a positive impression or image that speaks to your work ethic, abilities, and core values.
Effectively identify long/short term goals and establish steps that are needed to accomplish those goals.
Create an FSC Team that can be made up of professors, staff, alumni, and students who can coach, advise, mentor, and/or cheer you on as a student and alumni. Your first year is a great time to start identifying ways to cooperate with people who can prepare you for the rest of your college experience.
An individual’s ability to adapt to change can have a significant impact on achieving ones goals. The earlier you are able to recognize how you adapt to various changes, the easier it will be to accomplish your goals by avoiding obstacles, solving problems, and making necessary adjustments in the years to come.
Questions like, who am I? and what do I want to do for the rest of life? are not easy to answer. To help, explore different resources and opportunities available to you. The more you explore, the more you will learn about yourself and what’s around you, providing the information you need to answers those difficult questions.
We are limited by our experiences and to diminish this limitation, you should continue to expand and diversify your FSC Team. By cooperating with people that have different experiences than ourselves, we can enhance our skills, learn new perspectives, and increase the number of opportunities available to us.
With one year down, you can start to reflect on how easy or difficult that year was for you. As a result, you should be able identify what variables contributed to your success or shortcomings. Once you are able to determine what those variables are, changes can be made in order to improve or maintain those outcomes.
How do you perceive yourself? And how do others perceive you? These are two important questions to answer during your second year because you still have plenty of time to make adjustments if you do not like the answer. These are also not easy questions and encourage using your FSC team for help.
If you have not already, we recommend applying your skills in different environments. Environments can range from in the classroom, internships sights, student leadership, on-campus jobs, and/or volunteer locations. Utilize your FSC Team to find opportunities and identify areas of strength along with areas for growth.
At this point in time, you should have a good understanding of how you adapt to change and assess situations, along with making a plan for after graduation if you have not already. As a result, you will be able to identify which environments you thrive in, increasing your ability to set yourself up for success.
By this time, you should know what you are going to do after graduation or have it narrowed down to a few options. That way, you can start exploring any last minute or final opportunities to purse that can prepare you for a smooth transition after graduation.
As you are about to start a new journey in your life, continue to look for opportunities that will enhance your network. Maximize the remaining time you have with your FSC Team by locking in which relationships you would like to have as alumni so they can continue to be there for you after graduation.
The experiences you acquired at FSC has prepared you to make a consequential impact on society. It is now up to you to decide how you want to do this as a professional in the career you have chosen to pursue. This is easier said than done, so remember that FSC is here to support you as you become an alumni.
As your undergraduate career comes to an end, it is important to have a plan and implement strategies that will hold you accountable while fulfilling that plan. We encourage you to continue to explore in your personal and professional life, college only teaches you so much and there is still a lot you need to learn.