Award-winning college professor and adviser Bill Coplin lays down the essential skills students need to survive and succeed in today’s job market, based on his extensive interviews with employers, recruiters, HR specialists, and employed college grads. Going beyond test scores and GPAs, Coplin teaches students how to maximize their college experience by focusing on ten crucial skill groups: Work Ethic, Physical Performance, Speaking, Writing, Teamwork, Influencing People, Research, Number Crunching, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving.
The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Journal recently reviewed Coplin’s 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College:
In today’s economy, is college really worth its cost and time? For any academic advisor who has heard these words from puzzled students questioning higher education’s legitimacy, there is a now a relevant resource: Bill Coplin’s newly revised edition of 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College. Coplin provides students with copious amounts of evidence that college is an unparalleled learning experience, because it creates the opportunity to obtain crucial skill sets that employers desire. Coplin’s firsthand advising experience, paired with detailed interviews held with various professionals and employers, creates validity to his concepts.
One of many distinguishing features of this book is the amount of useful resources referenced, such as websites, organizations, and books, which are listed at the end of every chapter. This allows a student to delve into learning about a skill in as much depth as desired. With this gamut of resources, anyone who is interested or involved in higher education would benefit from reading this book: parents, first generation students, high school students, career counselors, and especially academic advisors.
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