“I can't pay the bills yet,
'Cause I have no skills yet,”
There’s plenty one can do with a B.A. in English, or any other degree; the biggest challenge recent graduates face is how to identify, articulate, and practice transferrable skills gained while getting a degree in a specialized field. How did working as a group leader for a final class assignment develop project management skills? Where can one apply the lessons about the value of time, deadlines, and effective communication learned from writing for the school paper? How can color theory skills best apply to websites, app design, and aid the user experience? In what ways does a background in psychology lead to a better understanding of human interaction in a workplace?
From previous school and “real life” work, identify transferable skills and abilities you can apply to a variety of environments.
“The world is a big scary place.”
Yes, the world can be a big scary place. In the workforce-job market-business world having the ability to network and process information is key.
There is potential for networking everywhere and in everyone. Don’t know where to start? Join meetups or groups with specific interests. Meeting and connecting with new people becomes a simple social event; don’t worry if they aren’t in your current industry—everyone knows someone else who can help or is in your field of business.
The ability to process, rapidly digest, and understand information is important in any job. In the Information Age we’re bombarded daily with data, commercials, people, webpages—information is seemingly constant and endless.