career skills

College Students and Career Skills: What They’re Learning

As we noted in an earlier post, students’ career goals play a large role in their decisions about attending college and following a particular academic path.

However, it’s also important that they leave college with the career skills they’ll need to achieve those goals they’re setting for themselves.

In our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked college students: Do you think you’re learning skills that will help you in the future?

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Tips for Students: How to Market Your Many Talents

Many occasions arise when college students need to showcase their unique talents, such as when applying to jobs, grad school, and apprenticeships.

Learning to sell themselves and their ideas will be the key to students’ success. Share the following hints with your students for marketing themselves to employers and admissions officers. Read More…


Tips for Students: How to Apply Your Summer Job Skills

Part-time jobs can be more than just a chance to make some extra money. Every employment or volunteer experience is an opportunity to build up a new set of valuable career skills–even those you don’t think tie directly to your career path.

Share these helpful hints with your college students for developing skills in their summer jobs that may be applied to their future careers. Read More…


Student and Professional Organizations for Achieving Career Goals

Getting involved in student and professional organizations related to your desired career path is the perfect way to begin getting a sense of the field as well as making connections. This is particularly helpful for students who are new to selecting their major and are testing the waters or for those planning ahead for their entry into the workforce. Most schools offer opportunities to get involved with career-oriented organizations, but not all students are queuing up to join. Learn what percentage of students actually join career organizations and what you can do to encourage them.  Read More…


Voice of the Employer in Medical Assisting and Medical Billing, Insurance, and Coding

Cengage Learning wanted to better understand what skills Medical Assisting and Medical Billing, Insurance, and Coding employers are looking for in recent graduates. In order to gather these insights, Cengage Learning attended the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and Optum Essentials conferences. While extensive research has been done to understand what instructors need, this is the first time Cengage Learning has conducted research to understand what skills and experience employers desire from candidates. A team from Cengage Learning interviewed a total of seventeen employers to gather an understanding of the importance of soft skills, certifications and medical knowledge.

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