Learn & Evolve LLC. by Professor Arezou Harraf

The Power of Universities in Prepping Students for Their Careers

UniversityThere comes a time in every student’s life where they will need to choose what they would like to settle into. The majority of high school graduates rely on furthering their educational backgrounds by working towards a degree that will help them earn high paying jobs and broaden their opportunity window. In addition, young adults strive to find a university that will provide them with social awareness, flexibility, as well as skills that will allow them the chance to not only earn money, but also maintain their positions in the profession of their dreams. What can universities do to provide its students with the best possible learning experience that will further their careers and better their futures?

Provide the Right Skills
Instead of mainly focusing on providing lecture information and wrapping up curriculums, universities should also provide students with real-life skills that will benefit them in their careers. Work life requires a wide set of talents that young adults need to stand out amongst other job applicants.

From leadership, teamwork, and organizational skills to behavioral and social skills, there are numerous activities a university could incorporate in its curriculum to improve students’ futures. College clubs are a great integration that enhance students’ social and leadership talents. Group activities in the classroom represent a great way to build teamwork communications and behavioral aspects.

Build Real-Life Work Experiences
Graduating from university does not necessarily mean a student’s preparation to face the challenges of real-life work. For that reason, universities today are working on integrating more interim work opportunities for students to get a taste of the hands-on experiences they will need once they are working.

Instead of relying on in-class teaching methods, universities should benefit from working hand-in-hand with various businesses that will provide their students with the right mindsets and skillsets to nail their first jobs after college.

Teach Problem-Solving Technics
In today’s job market, employers look for individuals with the right thinking skills that will benefit their businesses in the long run. Students benefit greatly from universities that integrate various exercises that stimulate and build up problem-solving and decision-making skills.

With the right training, universities can provide their students with a myriad of activities that will ensure a positive outcome for their futures. In addition, allowing students the opportunity to take on valuable roles in collaborative projects ensures the growth of their decision-making skills.

Familiarize Digital Communications
The need for digital and technological skills has flourished since the start of the pandemic. Not only have jobs transformed their face-to-face workplaces to virtual ones, but universities have also turned their offline campuses online. With this comes a great responsibility for educational institutions to provide their students with the right practical, apprehensive, and collaborative digital skills.

With the right digital transformation, online learning bundles up a series of skills that are highly valued in today’s virtual workforce. From flexibility and organizational skills to online group collaborations and communications, universities should be the source for all these necessities that will give graduates a head start in the real world.

Focus on the Future
The business world is ever-changing. Despite the degree students undertake, it is important for them to be able to flexibly fit into various changing opportunities. Universities are required to keep up with the times by providing their students with practical skills that will help them evolve in the workforce.

One way to go about this is by broadening students’ ambitions and building up leadership, problem-solving and decision-making skills that will aid graduates in acquiring and preserving various new job opportunities.

Arezou Harraf


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