Education is an important aspect of every person’s life. However, one should not forget that this is only the beginning of further development, an intermediate step preceding professional development. Consequently, universities should not transfer knowledge on their own but should consider ways of their practical application and consider students as future competitors in the labor market, looking for good work in reputable companies.
Pro-Papers experts have outlined the most important actions teachers can take to prepare young people for the future.
Job search help
Here are networking activities helping young people to grow professionally: interning, volunteering, participating in professional student organizations, working part-time, getting recommendations from a mentor. Educators can use their resources to support students in all these fields.
Even though the world seems to be big it is rather small, and interpersonal relationships often turn out to be decisive in it. Professors have dozens of graduates each year. After some time, these graduates launch their businesses or occupy high positions in prestigious companies. It is not at all difficult for an educator to ask around, collect information on open vacancies and internships, agree on interviews, acquaint alumni with current students striving to make the first career steps.
Teaching students to present themselves
Odd enough, but some graduates leave their universities without knowing how to write a CV and a cover letter. What for do students need complex concepts and formulas if they cannot attract employers’ attention and apply all this knowledge in practice?
Professors should make sure young specialists can stand the competition on the labor market, present their skills and talents most favorably. It is worth writing resumes in a class and analyzing mistakes, determining whether all important points are indicated and what should be done to improve a document, showing worthy examples of business papers which may be used for reference, holding staged interviews to let students rehearse communication with a recruiter, come up with answers for tricky questions, lower anxiety and self-doubt often appearing on the eve of important meetings. It is also important to explain the difference between a cover letter, a CV, and a resume, show that these documents should not restate each other.
The job search may be a rather long and tedious process, especially for a student who enters the labor market for the first time and cannot impress employers with an outstanding professional background. Also, junior specialists’ salaries are usually comparatively low. Without mentorship and guidance, a young person may lose motivation and forget about one’s ambitious dreams.
Professors should track learners’ psychological state, ask about their progress, explain that it is quite normal to face challenges on the way to a dream job, maintain an optimistic mood, try to make career-building exciting and funny, help young people to find the most suitable professional niche and fight for a place in it. Then learners will feel that they are not alone in a large and unfamiliar adult world, there is always somebody to lend a helping hand and support them morally.