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College – It’s Not Just About Certificates And Degrees!

April 12, 2012

StudentsGood grades and the development of technical skills are important; of course they are, why else would you be at Carrington College? But just as important to your future career are the softer skills you need to develop during your time at school.

Good qualifications and technical skills are the keys that may help you unlock future opportunities, but ultimately it could be your soft skills that decide whether you open the door to success. The qualifications on your resume may get you an interview, but technical skills alone will not deliver a job. That’s why our advisors and instructors take your personal development as seriously as your professional development.

So what are your ‘soft skills’? Well they are simply your interpersonal skills; the personality traits that influence how you communicate and relate to others. Employers examine their applicants’ softer skills as closely as their hard skills (qualifications); in fact in a number of professions soft skills may be more important to career progression over the long term than technical skills.

Think about our Dental Assisting degree program as an example; many of our graduates leave with similar technical skills and qualifications. So when it comes to a job interview, what will differentiate the applicants? If their technical skills are similar, then personality, confidence, communication skills – the way they interact – become increasingly important. After all, employers will likely be looking to hire a caring, confident dental assistant who can put their patients at ease.

So what do you need to do to develop your soft skills and grow?

  • Make the most of your tutors’ insight and experience; learn and absorb as much knowledge as possible. Lean on your faculty members; they’re here to help you fulfill your potential.
  • With the help of your instructors, identify what skills you need to strengthen…
  • Consider volunteering; getting out in the community is a great differentiator on a resume, and could help you to develop confidence, communication skills, and self-esteem.
  • Take full advantage of your externship; use this real world experience to develop your communication and interpersonal skills, not just your technical skills.
  • Take part in activities that can help you learn more about your subject. That can help you build your skills; technical confidence can translate into personal confidence.
  • Even if you’re shy, force yourself to meet and mingle with your peers. Find clubs, activities and professional organizations related to your new career; watch and learn how your future professional colleagues interact.
  • Take advantage of your campus Career Services department; let them help you work on your resume, polish your interview skills, and build your confidence.

One of the things that sets Carrington College apart from other career schools, in our opinion, is that our faculty are as interested in your personal growth as your professional development. You’re the only person who can define your future, but our instructors will do their best to help you.

Your Carrington qualification, whether a certificate or associate’s degree, will be a valuable tool, but it’s you and you alone, who holds the key to your own long term success.