Surprised by Seelio- The Difference A Semester Can Make
We know there are lot of choices out there for sharing your professional story. At Seelio, our goal is to make sure that it’s as easy as possible to take the things you’re experiencing in and out of school and connect them to whatever it is that you want to do next.
A lot of students first encounter Seelio in one of their classes, and we know that with papers, projects, exams, and all of the other things that come with school that it can take awhile to get comfortable with something new. That’s where our service team comes in. They’re always at the ready to help students and faculty get started and have a great experience on Seelio.
One day, David, one of our educational service leads struck up a conversation with a student at one of his partner schools to see how things were going. We loved hearing her story and wanted to share it with you in case you just learned about Seelio in one of your classes and you’re wondering what it’s all about.
Without further ado, meet Kaley Young, a recent graduate from Purdue University Calumet who studied Management Information Systems and encountered Seelio in her Honors Capstone course.
It’s that time of year, it’s back to school time. As a new group of students start their college careers and others come back for a new semester, we thought it was a good time to talk about a topic that comes up quite a bit in higher education: the skills gap, or the gap between the skills students have and the skills employers want.
This summer at Seelio we’ve been hard at work developing new ways to help our partners create the world’s most prepared students. As we work on new features, we’ve been consolidating research to better understand the skills gap. We have made it our mission to help bridge this gap and help students communicate and connect their valuable learning experiences to the 21st century skills that employers want.
We compiled some of our research into an infographic that presents the general approach of students’ journey to a job and some of the odds they face in this rapidly evolving global marketplace. Let’s take a look:
In light of this debate, how can higher education leaders help reassure students, and their families, that their programs will provide them with the educational experiences necessary to help them succeed in today’s society? As well as produce graduates who are better prepared to respond to the demands of today’s global marketplace?
Our perspective is that students have many of the tools they need to succeed, but they simply need a way to map how their education relates to real-world skills. We think that there’s room to create a bridge between higher education and industry so that students can show how their valuable in and out of class learning experiences have prepared them to succeed.
In our next post, we will explore how higher education leaders are responding to the career prep challenge, stay tuned.
Today we want to show you how Michael Baker put that advice into action. Michael is a student we first met at the University of Toledo who graduated, finished one master’s degree at Georgetown University and is now getting a second master’s in economics at American University while working at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Michael hasn’t left many stones unturned throughout his higher education experience. From working on a capstone project with NASA to a going on a service learning trip in Costa Rica, he was on the look out for experiences both in and out of the classroom that could bring his skills to life. Better than just finding the experiences, he saw that he could bring his resume to life by posting about them on Seelio so others could see the skills he developed and the lessons he learned.
Michael first encountered Seelio as a student at The University of Toledo’s Jesup Scott Honors College. But even after he graduated, he saw a way to put his Seelio to work for him– on LinkedIn! When we asked if we could share his profiles as an example for other young professionals we also asked if he had any advice to share. Here’s his great tip:
“Any experience, no matter the field or the scale, helped to develop you to who you are today. Document it and talk about it at length, because if you don’t, no one else will either!”
Michael is absolutely right. Did you work on something this summer that you can share on your Seelio? Take a moment to upload it– you never know how helpful it will be when it’s time to bring your resume to life for a potential graduate school admissions officer or employer!