Monday, January 13, 2014

The need to teach more than just classroom content...

Had cause to be reading articles at USAToday.Com today.  Two articles caught my eye with some quotes pulled out (emphases added):


Traits that can help you beat odds, get hired
Andrea Kay, USA Today

Hiring managers consistently tell me that they can't find other crucial skills, abilities and attributes in candidates. These include good judgment, maturity, common sense, problem solving, clear thinking, initiative and professionalism...

But give the impression — in person, by phone or in correspondence — that you're hard to get along with, can't think on your feet or are unprofessional, and you will get tagged as one of those "unqualified candidates." If they sense you're inflexible, can't tackle problems or are irresponsible, you won't get far...

Expect hiring managers to poke around for clues about who you are. More and more, employers conduct searches on potential employee by viewing social media and other affiliations.


On the Job: Digital natives need these skills to land job
Anita Bruzzese, USA Today

But one of the real values of the program may lie in other skills that it offers participants. Participants do spend time learning about wealth management or commercial banking and credit, but they also learn how to give effective presentations and dress professionally...

"We're really focused on a more well-rounded experience," McLarty says. "We want to teach those soft skills" such as dining etiquette, writing skills and even how to give back to the community...

Based on feedback from participants and from BOK Financial longer-term employees, McLarty has learned that newly minted college graduates need to learn better business writing...

The company's culture focuses on community philanthropy, so mentors encourage the young workers to do community events together.


NB:  I think these are skills and traits that CMH is working hard to pass on to all of our students!

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