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What skillsets should I cultivate during my time in undergrad?

Hello! I was wondering what sorts of skill sets I should be gathering during my time as an undergraduate that will be making me a great candidate for future jobs.

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Himalee’s Answer

Hello!
Assuming you are referring to the corporate world, PFB some pointers that may help you:

1. Thorough Professionalism- Understand effective work habits, know your workspace, learn the environment.
2. Communication- Clear & effective exchange of information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.
3. Teamwork- Build & maintain collaborative relationships to work towards a common goal.
4. Technology- Understand & leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.
5. Time Management- Manage your time wisely and avoid procrastination.
6. I&D (Inclusion & Diversity)- Recognize & appreciate the importance of I&D in the workplace and beyond.
7. Work Ethics- Being productive, reliable, diligent and loyal to organization’s purpose, mission & values.

Himalee recommends the following next steps:

Maybe you should refer to books / guides (or pdf) on Business Management & Strategy, Learning Opportunities in Covid 19.
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Riya’s Answer

As a rising junior in college, here are the greatest tips I have from my past 2 years.

1. Learn how to manage your time so you can have a good balance between social life and academics
2. Join as many clubs as you can to meet a diverse group of people
3. Manage your money and learn what financial terms actually mean
4. It's okay to be both introverted and extroverted
5. Be comfortable with having things not go according to what you planned
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GABE’s Answer

The best skill set to learn in life while in college is figure out your "process." Learn to be comfortable with you and who you are.

What process do you go about to decide how to make a decision. Get comfortable with what criteria you need to make a decision and your way of deciding and then stick to it and keep refining it until it works perfect for you.

I learned from a Professor that is it ok to not know the answer, but it is not ok to not go figure it out.

Sure, communication is important, and a bunch of other things that were mentioned in previous answers, but (in my opinion) the root factor to be comfortable with is how you "operate", "what makes you tick", etc. It is the core function of all the other great pieces of advice you will receive.

GABE recommends the following next steps:

When someone tells you something, ask "Why?"
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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Somaiya! If you're able to join extracurriculars or professional organizations in your university, I would highly encourage you do so. This allows you to:

1.) Join a network of like-minded people with similar aspirations while building professional connections
2.) Develop relevant skills and experience that you can use to build your resume when you apply to jobs in the future
3.) Learn what type of work interests you the most

During my time at UC Berkeley for undergrad, I was able to join 5+ organizations during my time there and was able to develop valuable skills for summer internships. As I was highly interested in marketing, I was able to join multiple business organizations to receive professional help and attain leadership positions to lead projects.

Hope this helps!

Michelle recommends the following next steps:

Look at what type of organizations are available on campus
Decide best fit / goal alignment by speaking to current members of the organization or attending info sessions
Apply & Join
Make an impact!
Leverage these skills for future opportunities
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Arushi’s Answer

Here are some skills that will come in handy later in your career:

Public Speaking- Most jobs require interacting with colleagues, presenting your ideas and work
Team Work- At your job you are bound to collaborate with people with diverse backgrounds and work ethic. Working as a team during undergrad will make it easier for you to collaborate at work
Depth of Knowledge- If you already know what career you want to pursue, try to get some depth in the topics you study
Learning new technologies- If you are in STEM, try to learn and experiment with the new tools and technologies you might come across in your future career.
In addition, take this time to make mistakes, learn about yourself (even consider international travel, self-reflection) etc. and don’t forget to have fun!
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Helen’s Answer

I would recommend focusing on building transferable skills including:
- Effective communication (concise storytelling, presentation skills, public speaking)
- Project management (needs assessment, developing project plans, organization, time management, execution/delivery)
- Collaboration (work with diverse groups on both longer term and shorter term/agile projects)
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Rishin’s Answer

I think my personal biggest one would be communication.

No matter the field- I've learned everybody appreciated clarity in communication whether its your ability to persuade, story tell, or even speak publicly. It's a great skill to have that can help you advance in any career field you choose.
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Victoria’s Answer

Hi Somaiya!

There are a lot of skills and habits you can work on during your time in undergrad that will not only set you aside as a good candidate, but will help you achieve success in your future. i'm going into my last year of college, and these are the most important things I learned:

1. Be flexible! - While it is good to have a plan to achieve your goals, there can be times where you might be inspired or challenged by something and you will want to deviate for your desired route, and that's okay! Always have an idea for other options you can take on.

2. Time management - Being in college, there are a copious amount of things to focus on, from classes, homework, exams, social events, and personal life, and it's important to prioritize what is most important to you.

3. Network! - Meet as many people as you can and make those connections. You can join clubs, sports, classes that may not be in your major path to meet different kinds of people (for example, I made many of my friends in a ballet PE class), and make a LinkedIn!
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Biju’s Answer

First and foremost enjoy your college life and focus on learning, doing the assignments and planning for classes. If at all anything you can do in parallel to all these are the following
1. Learn to manage money
2. Learn to be disciplined and organized in everything you do
3. Find the right balance of fun, education, exercise
4. Take care of your health
5. Learn to interact with real people. Not just through social media
6. Monitor current events and observe what happens around you in the world
7. Participate in some sort of volunteering and charity events to help others

Everything else will come your way.. Good luck
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Tummala’s Answer

This is the most wonderlfull phase of your life.
1) Dont be to strict on your self by restricting , Explore different things be it a culturals ,sports what ever.
2) Develop healthy practises
3)Socialize your self
4)Be a Public speaker(This helps you a lot to get rid of fearness and improves you a lot)
5) Be focused and prioritize the things
6) Plan the things and respect the time
7)Participate more activities in TECH side and sports as well
8) Set a gol for your self and start working towards it from the initial days

EX:- If you want be an aspiring Software developer LEarn it ,Implement it and start building small websites . you should be able to inculcate it as your habit .

**Dont loose patience even when you were getting constant failures, Try too assess the process and change the method .

May be my answer is not totally about skillsets just focused on the things that could do best to you.
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Claudia’s Answer

I wouldn't focus so much on skills related to your major, but more soft skills - networking, clear communication, the ability to present yourself well in a job interview, etc. Your grades in school are of course important, but just about anyone can be taught a job, it's much more difficult to teach soft skills at work. I recommend looking into a business fraternity, updating your LinkedIn profile (or creating one), attending mock interviews, and developing a really good relationship with your school's career services center. I want to highlight the recommendation of mock interviews - as someone who has both interviewed for many jobs and been the interviewer for many applicants, including at mock interviews, it is very very important you can present yourself well in an interview. Mock interviews give you exposure to actual companies (who may or may not keep your information for when internship/new graduate hiring time comes), helps you network, and builds your confidence.
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Katie’s Answer

Hi Somaiya,

College is a great time to grow personally and professionally. Some skills that I would recommend developing are communication, time management, organizational, and presentation skills. I joined clubs in college that allowed me to grow my leadership and interpersonal skills. Classes often are a great place to improve presentation skills. College requires time management skills in order to balance classes, extracurricular activities, or work. These skills are important in most industries, so no matter what you choose to pursue for a career these skills will benefit you.
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DOTUN’s Answer

Be focused when you are in college. Be diligent and always get involved in team projects as this will help you when you get a job. Team work is very central to being successful in the workplace.
When you are working on an assignment always be conscious of time. Time management is very key at the workplace.
So also learn in college how to do your assignments with minimal supervision from your lecturers.
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