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Get the Real World Skills Employers Want

Learn About the Soft Skills Employers Want, How to Build Them, and How to Show Them Off

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The job market is intense and competitive, and you need to find ways to differentiate yourself from the other candidates that are applying for the jobs that you want. How are you going to do this? You need to show that you have the skills that employers want.

Why Soft Skills Matter

Regardless of the type of role you’re applying for, employers want to hire candidates who not only have the technical skills necessary for a role, but also soft skills that will allow the candidate to contribute to the organization successfully. A recent study by Career Builder showed that 77% of employers say that soft skills are just as important as technical skills.

What Are Soft Skills?

It’s Back to School Time and We’re on a Mission to Create The World’s Most Prepared Students

by Karyna Figuero 0 Comments

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:

Journey to a Job

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.

Student Spotlight: Matthew Dombrowski, Purdue University Calumet

It’s not every day that you get to stand up to present your portfolio in front of university leadership and business executives. But when your work starts to speak for itself, cool things can happen. At least that was the case for Purdue University Calumet student Matthew Dombrowski.

A screenshot of Matthew Dombrowski's Seelio

Matthew initially started building his portfolio on Seelio as a part of a class assignment and it didn’t take long for people to start taking notice. From a well-crafted About section to visually engaging and personality-infused work examples, Matthew’s work started grabbing attention. So much so that he was invited to present about his work to his college’s Dean’s Executive Council, a gathering of university leadership and the region’s leading industry and business executives. Check it out in the photo below!

Matthew Dombrowski presenting to the Dean's Executive Council

We asked Matthew if we could share a bit more of his story with you and he kindly agreed. Take a look at our interview below and be sure to check out his advice about how you can leverage your portfolio to stand out!