Just a few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with one of my English professors from Brown for a cup of coffee. There doesn’t seem to be anything particularly unusual about this sentence, but what if I told you that the last time I physically saw this woman in real life was during my diploma ceremony in May 2010, over two and a half years ago. Not only that, the last time I had this professor was for a 50-person into level English lecture class I took during my sophomore year in the fall of 2007!
It’s that time of the year again. Recovering from your crazy night out and the massive hit your wallet took at 5 AM Friday morning, you turn towards the mountains of work you have to get done in preparation for the long haul of finals in December. If you’re a junior or senior, it also means prepping for the GREs, MCATs, GMATs, and LSATs and working on those grad school applications.
But, let me help you lighten your workload just a bit by saving you the trouble of applying to law school.
The more employers I speak with, the more I learn that their emphasis is finding the all-in-one employee. With the job market in the shape that it’s in, businesses are stretching every dollar they have. Finding individuals with a ubiquitous skill-set is what’s desirable. Fear not. All it takes is practice and motivation to conquer these programs, and there are hundreds of guides available on the web. Also, check your local university, as they most likely offer classes that teach competency in these programs.
Here are five useful programs that many companies look for proficiency in when hiring:
After college, I was no more certain of what I wanted to do than most freshmen probably are. I wanted to write, and I wanted to help the world, but that didn’t get far in a cover letter. So I found a volunteer program, amped up my resume, filled out a long application with multiple essay questions, and was soon on my way to a monthly-stipend job with a nonprofit organization in Baltimore, Maryland.