College and Career Readiness Facts:
1) Per hiring managers, over 80% of individual hired lacked soft skills
2) HR managers stated that lack of soft skills was the reason for firing over 85% of the time.
While technical skills were the main cause on 15% of the time.
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11 things a student should know before or during college
If you're opting out of that pricey meal plan, you'll be relying on your kid to spend their (or possibly your) money wisely. They need to know how to shop without spending a boatload of money. Pro tip: If you're going to be footing the bill for their food, get them a gift card for a local grocery store for a set amount each month — that way, they can't blow their lunch money on partying.
Do your kids really know how to do their own laundry? What to do when there's a stain? How to separate their clothes and what temperatures to use? You'd be surprised how many college students don't really know this stuff. Think about it. Even if they really do their own laundry at home (and don't half-do their laundry and have Mom finish it), they've just been using whatever settings you told them to on your machine for probably 10 years. When they get to a new machine, do they actually know what to do?
This is an important one. Not only can people who don't know how to say "no" wind up over-scheduled and stressed, but they'll be presented with a lot of questionable options and you won't be there to monitor them.
Seriously… They're going to try even if they don't know how, and it could be dangerous.
It seems silly, but even a lot of students who do really well in high school fall apart in college because they don't know how to study. In college, it's not enough to read the textbook. They need to know how to identify what they're expected to know — what the point of the lesson is — and how to test themselves (preferably multiple times) before the professor does. Unlike high school teachers, professors may not have any actual education in educating, so they can't count on the teacher to feed them the info anymore
They won't just be writing essays as homework, but as part of their tests. They don't have time to write and rewrite, so they need a formula. I recommend the five-paragraph essay format, as it seems to work well for most subjects.
They won't be able to have Mom and Dad go over their work anymore, and in college, they shouldn't be surprised if their history or theater teachers take points off for grammar errors. They need to learn tricks for proofreading their own writing.
Even if your student has had a job before, that doesn't mean they really know how to budget money. After all, they've always had Mom and Dad to back them up if they ran out. Make sure they know how to budget money for the month so they know how much Monopoly money they really have and how (and when) to pay bills.
Even if they don't have one yet, the offers will start pouring in shortly after they get their own mailbox. And now that they're adults, you have to accept that they don't need your permission to sign up for one. Make sure they understand interest rates (which are insanely high when you're 18 and the only thing on your credit history is the student loan you haven't started paying back yet), when it's OK to use the card (that is, not to buy tons of cute clothes you couldn't otherwise afford) and when to pay them back.
Because let's face it, you can't shoot your professor a note that says "what up, Dr. B!" then forward her a roundup of Grumpy cat lookalikes from your grandma.
Accidents happen, so make sure your kid knows how to administer immediate and appropriate treatment for burns and cuts in addition to CPR.
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