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Four transferable skills to learn in university (and why they matter)

Four transferable skills to learn in university (and why they matter)

1) Communication

University presents many opportunities to hone communication skills. Students have the chance to share unique ideas in class discussions and presentations, and put writing skills to work on a variety of assignments. These experiences support long-term career success – employers recognize that excellent written and oral communication skills are vital in almost every role.

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2) Multitasking

University challenges students to balance a variety of tasks and responsibilities, both inside and outside the classroom. From completing readings and assignments to volunteering, working part-time or participating in clubs or intramural sports, it's a multitasking test. The ability to manage many duties and projects at the same time is a workplace asset.

3) Teamwork

University also gives individuals the chance to work collaboratively. Beyond the classroom, extracurricular involvement will offer plenty of opportunities to work closely with others, to give and take constructive feedback, and to contribute to shared objectives. With demonstrated experience as an engaged team member, students can indicate to employers that they are ready to contribute as part of a group – or even take the lead.

4) Critical thinking

University-level work challenges students to identify questions before exploring the answers. Undergrads will be encouraged to think analytically, problem-solve and predict problems before they emerge. Equipped with the skills to connect fine details to the big picture, graduates will have fresh insight and new ideas to offer a prospective employer.

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Four reasons to explore a co-op program

1) Test drive your career

By testing the waters early on, one can gain invaluable insight and explore the latest developments and opportunities in a chosen field.

2) Competitive advantage

This is a chance to build a résumé and professional network before graduation. With hands-on workplace experience closely related to a field of study, a co-op experience helps students stand out.

3) Pay

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Co-op placements at the university level are usually paid positions.

4) Think global

With numerous international postings, co-ops offer the chance to travel, work abroad and gain global perspective on an industry – an increasingly important asset for a future career.

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Three on-campus opportunities to build a personal network

1) On-campus recruitment

Information and networking events hosted by top companies offer the opportunity to connect directly with potential employers, whether one is looking for an employment opportunity or simply to learn more about a particular company.

2) Career centre

Universities also host a variety of career service events and job fairs that can help students make connections. Participants can benefit from in-house career advice, résumé-writing seminars, tips and tricks for interviewing, and networking events.

3) Alumni associations

The alumni association is an invaluable resource that can help one connect with both past and present students. Alumni-hosted socials, public-speaking events and speed-networking events give students ample opportunity to create a professional profile and connect with industry professionals.

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