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The 12 Essentials for Success, Competencies Employers Seek in College Graduates


What skills and competencies will you need to be successful after graduation?

Turns out, employers are looking for more than just a degree; they're looking for individuals who will be successful in today's world.

Michigan State University worked with a number of employers to identify 12 essential competencies for success. These 12 essentials are best developed both inside and outside the classroom.

Dr. Tim McMahon will introduce the 12 Essentials for Success and facilitate an interactive and engaging activity on the value of acquiring these competencies.

1 Working in a Diverse Environment

Learning from people who are different from you-and recognizing your commonalities-is an important part of your education and essential preparation for the world you will join.

2 Managing Time and Priorities

Managing how you spend your time, and on what, is essential in today's world. Learn how to sort priorities so you stay in control of your life.

3 Acquiring Knowledge

Learning how to learn is just as important as the knowledge itself. No matter what your future holds, you'll continue to learn every day.

4 Thinking Critically

Developing solid critical thinking skills means you'll be confident to handle autonomy, make sound decisions, and find the connection

between opportunities you have to learn and how those opportunities will affect your future.

5 Communicating Effectively

Developing listening, interpreting, and speaking skills is just as important as reading and writing.

6 Solving Problems

You may only have thought about problem solving when you're faced with a crisis. Understand the process and mind-set of successful

problem-solving and you'll more easily handle the bigger challenges that come your way.

7 Contributing to a Team

In the workplace each person's contribution is essential to success. Having the ability to work collaboratively with others is vital. This includes identifying individual strengths (yours and others) and harnessing them for the group, building consensus, knowing when to lead and when to follow, and appreciating group dynamics.

8 Navigating Across Boundaries

Life is filled with boundaries-good and bad. Discover how to avoid the boundaries that become barriers so you don't hamper the ability

to collaborate with other people.

9 Performing with Integrity

It only takes one bad instance to destroy years of good faith and good relationships. It's important to develop a code of ethics and

principles to guide your life.

10 Developing Professional Competencies

The end of college is the beginning of a new education. Build on what you already know and keep learning new skills-your job will challenge

you to grow and develop in ways you haven't imagined yet.

11 Balancing Work and Life

You've got a lot to accomplish in limited time. How do you get it all done and still stay sane? The key is maintaining balance among the

different parts of your life.

12 Embracing Change

Just about every aspect of life is in a constant state of change. Sometimes it may seem that no sooner do you get caught up than you have to start all over again. No matter how you feel about change, you have to learn to deal with it.