A diploma of higher education is often equated with a ticket to a prosperous future, a guarantor of prestigious work. Candidates without this document are really not considered for some posts.  However, often at the first job, it turns out that a person acquired some knowledge at a university but did not learn how to build a career and present his talents properly. From this article, you will learn about important skills of a good student which ensure success in labor and other spheres of life.

Time management

The ability to manage time effectively is extremely important. Many different assignments fall on the head of each employee. It is absolutely necessary to be able to structure and distribute them according to the degree of urgency. A student should learn to work as productive as possible without forgetting about breaks.

The traditional educational system with exams twice a year is more likely to create skills of emergency work when people accomplish a huge amount of tasks in short terms. Systematic preparation is not encouraged in most universities. Only occasionally young people can be praised for excellent work during the semester.

The art of self-presentation

You studied perfectly at the university, passed the several internships, got not only high marks but also real knowledge. But the employer chose the main joker from the course – not you. Why? What content and skills should schools teach if all of the abovementioned efforts do not help?

Often the winning position is conquered not by a graduate who has more experience and knowledge but by a person who can convincingly explain why he is the best. Therefore, all your talents do not matter if you are not able to tell about them. Create a good CV and show yourself as a professional during an interview. No one talks about it at a university, but self-presentation is one of the most necessary skills for building a career.


Communication solves a lot of problems. This is not even about nepotism but simple human relationships. If you are a bad specialist, no one will invite you to a decent company for a prestigious position even if you know all the directors. But if you have acquaintances, you are likely to be the first to learn about a good vacancy and to pass interviews faster than others.

Most people find friends at a university, but it happens spontaneously without any plan. No one teaches us to maintain and develop relationships, not to become a parasite, or vice versa, not to allow others to use our kindness.

Business documentation and correspondence

During several years of education, students have a lot of different assignments: getting knowledge how to write papers , knowledge about writing essays, abstracts, courseworks, diploma, etc. Nevertheless, by the moment of graduation, practically no one knows how to compile documents. Young people remember the rules of business correspondence only from English lessons. Many continue to hand over works with the names ‘Diploma.docx’ or even ‘Document Microsoft Office Word (2)’, communicate with teachers as with friends.

Such things may seem insignificant, but the ability to format documents properly and maintain correspondence affects the chances of getting a job. HR department and the higher management will favor a candidate able to clearly name a resume and to send it from a neutral mail. The tenth ‘Resume.docx’ from e-mails like Veronica96 can be simply annoying. This may not reflect your real skills at all, but a neat letter and well-formed supporting documents show your professional attitude.


To get an advanced scholarship and a diploma with honors, you need to show yourself equally well in all subjects whether they are important for you or not. Education in most countries is built on the idea that everyone should know everything.

In further life and at work, on the contrary, it is absolutely necessary to be able to prioritize and separate important tasks from secondary ones. It’s not just about the day-to-day time management and decisions like ‘Which task to perform first?’ Ability to highlight the major factors is useful when choosing a workplace if you need to understand what is paramount: an interesting experience or money offered in the company.

Teamwork and communication

All of us work in direct contact with people. Even freelancers are forced to interact with colleagues, especially if they are engaged in large-scale projects. But the ability to communicate and build business relationships is among the useful skills to have which almost do not develop during the studies.

At a university, most of the projects are implemented independently. Only occasionally students are divided up into teams. But even then no one controls their communication, whether only several students work while others sit back. In the case of contact with a teacher (he can be represented as a customer or a superior), a student has no right to express his opinion.

This leads to the fact that graduates have rather vague ideas about teamwork, do not know how to defend their position, negotiate and debate.

Work on mistakes

This practice ends at the elementary school. In the future, no one forces students to understand what went wrong while they were preparing an assignment. They just get their marks and move on, do not have any motivation to review the work done and especially to experiment with the new tasks. Nobody will praise them for an unusual solution to the problem or an unconventional approach to writing an essay. On the contrary, the teachers will rather put a low mark.

Because of this, young people strive to find the only correct solution, work in rigidly defined frameworks whereas flexible thinking and the ability to come up with new approaches are needed in most prospective professions.

As you see, skills developed in college are not enough to become successful in the labor market. This is a purpose for persistent personal work and changes on the part of the authorities governing the education sphere.

Greg Micek

Greg Micek

Editor at Cliqist
Greg Micek has been writing on and off about games since the late nineties, always with a focus on indie games. He started DIYGames.com in 2000, which was one of the earliest gaming sites to focus exclusively on indie games.
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