College students hear it over and over again – to get a job when you graduate, you need to have some real-world experience under your belt. While it may feel repetitive, the sentiment rings true when it comes to what employers want. One study found that Approximately 79 percent of employers expect real-world experience from college graduates when they evaluate potential hires.
But why do employers want applicants with real-world experience? Here are three reasons: Read More…
Do you ever wish that you could read the minds of employers to figure out what they want? Unfortunately, this is not possible, but a number of books, movies and television shows suggest that mindreading isn’t a very good idea anyway.
Luckily, you don’t have to read minds to become more employable. Through Bryant & Stratton College’s EmployableYOU program, we work closely with employers in the fields of study that we serve to make sure that what is taught in the classroom is relevant in the workplace. Based on input from industry experts, coursework is designed to teach you not only the technical skills of your trade, but also the essential core capabilities that make you versatile, adaptable and valuable in any workplace.
Here are five key skills Bryant & Stratton College focuses on to help every student on their path to a successful career: Read More…
Bryant & Stratton College Online is proud to have produced nearly 400 graduates in 2015. One of the most unique aspects of our Online campus is that we have students in every corner of the United States. many of our students are making their way to Buffalo, NY to cross the stage as part of the Class of 2015.
Just over 20% of our Online graduates will be making their way to Buffalo while nearly 23% will travel to other Bryant & Stratton College graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks. Our graduates will cover 23,134 miles in total as they travel to Buffalo with some students traveling over 2,000 miles to cross the stage.
The infographic below details even more about where our Online graduates are coming from this year as they travel for the tassel (right click and select View Image to see the full size graphic). Read More…
Go to school; get a job. Like many students, you may have been taught to expect that doing the former will ensure the latter. But many recent grads are struggling in their search for an entry point to their career. The reason why? Employers don’t think they’re ready.
In a survey conducted by Bryant & Stratton College and Wakefield Research, 80 percent of 18-34 year olds said they believed they were job-ready and possessed all the skills, experience, and education needed to advance in their desired career path or obtain their next job.
But a study by McKinsey & Company found that almost 40 percent of employers looking to hire new employees had openings for six months or more. These employers claim that they are unable to fill positions due to the lack of skills, qualifications, and training in entry-level applicants. Read More…
Memorized the course work. Aced the exam. Passed the test to become licensed in your field. Graduated at the top of your class.
Think you are ready to be hired?
Being technically proficient in your field may no longer be enough.
Bryant & Stratton College is working to give students an edge in the job market. We’ve asked employers what skills they want new hires to have, and we are making sure our students are learning them.
Employers today are looking for staff members who are critical thinkers, problem solvers and team players, said Bryant & Stratton College Director of Career Services, Robyn Cannata. Read More…
You’ve had it! You’re sick and tired of your supervisor’s behavior and you’re not going to tolerate it anymore. He gets on your nerves with micromanaging, perpetual grumpiness, ineffective work processes and he just gave someone else the assignment you really wanted.
Well, despite your frustration, don’t constantly head off to the human resources department to complain about him unless you want to risk being labeled a troublemaker. But, know that there are some perfectly legitimate reasons to request help.
“I wouldn’t recommend going to HR the same way you would to go a manager at a restaurant when you get bad service,” said Deb Cohen, senior vice president of knowledge development at the Society for Human Resource Management. “It really should be something of a more serious nature.” Read More…
In today’s job market, it’s not enough for recent graduates to simply have a strong academic record. Companies are looking to hire individuals who can grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of their workplace over time. Skills like critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to communicate effectively are now a crucial part of any job applicant’s resume.
The higher education community has taken note – colleges and universities are looking for ways to better prepare students for careers after they graduate. At Bryant & Stratton College, we’ve launched our EmployableYOU program to do just that. Read More…
For many job seekers, higher education has become a requirement in order to land a job. There is a lot of talk about career-readiness and the “skills gap” that has put a halt to many recent grads’ job searches, while employers struggle to find adequate candidates. But this issue also exists in the “middle-skills” range – or, jobs that require more than a high school education but less than a four-year degree.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, experts estimate that as many as 25 million, or 47 percent, of all new job openings from 2010 to 2020 will fall into the middle-skills range. Employers claim that vacancies in these positions are already piling up, including fields such as computer technology and healthcare. But what does this mean for students pursuing these positions? Whether you’re earning an associate’s degree or a professional certificate, it’s important to have career-readiness on the mind. Here are a few ways that Bryant & Stratton College students are being set up for success.
If you’re already enrolled in one of Bryant & Stratton College’s associates degree program, you may be on the right track without even knowing it. Bryant & Stratton College’s programs are aligned with careers that are in demand right now, and our EmployableYOU program ensures that coursework is directly tied to what employers want. Input from industry leaders helps guide curricula, and each program integrates real-world experiences and opportunities to build career skills so students can easily transition from the classroom to the workplace.
Teaching employable skills
Technical skills are a necessity, but so are interpersonal, or “soft” skills. It’s important to learn how to be a team player, communicate, solve problems and think critically in order to fit into any workplace environment. Look for opportunities in group projects and other class assignments and activities to develop these attributes during your time in the classroom.
It’s no secret that connections play a key roll in finding a job. Bryant & Stratton offers career resources and job placement services to help graduates take the next step. Don’t miss out – take advantage of the opportunities in front of you as you prepare to for the not-to-be-dreaded job search.
Your education experience is what you make of it. As you prepare for your new career, don’t be afraid to get out there – and mind the gap.
Bryant & Stratton College doesn’t just develop the basic skills required to succeed in a particular degree program. Each and every program at Bryant & Stratton College includes a heavy focus on real world skills that are vitally important in creating employable graduates. Bryant & Stratton College builds these skills from your very first day in class, working to connect the classroom to real world expectations of employers every step of the way.
The infographic below helps to illustrate the different facts and figures surrounding the importance of not just earning a degree, but translating real world skills into your job search. Be sure to right click and select view image to zoom in and see a full size version of the infographic.
Job hunters: to be competitive in this job market, you must pay special attention to showcasing your hard skills and soft skills in a balanced way. No longer is it sufficient to only demonstrate your hard skills.
To be clear, hard skills are job functions or tasks that can be measured, require specific knowledge and abilities, and can be taught. Examples are: accounting, software development and medical treatment. Hard skills will help you make the cut, but all things being equal in that area, employers will whittle down the remaining candidates by evaluating their soft skills.
Soft skills are more related to personality, how one interacts with others and how one performs his or her work.
In an April, 2014, survey by CareerBuilder, 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals identified the top ten soft skills they are looking for in job candidates. They are: Read More…