Guy Kawasaki offers twelve skills “students should learn in order to prepare for the real world after graduation.” They are:
- How to talk to your boss
- How to survive a meeting thatâ€™s poorly run
- How to run a meeting
- How to figure out anything on your own
- How to negotiate
- How to have a conversation
- How to explain something in thirty seconds
- How to write a one-page report
- How to write a five-sentence email
- How to get along with co-workers
- How to use PowerPoint
- How to leave a voicemail
(Go read the entire blog post for Guy’s comments on each item)
I don’t think that these skills should be explicitly taught in college, but I agree that they are valuable career skills.
For the record, I hate it when people refer to ‘the real world’ vs. college. It tells a lot about the speaker though.