There are a number of things you can do in college to enhance your education and appear more valuable to potential employers. Most students know these things to be internships, work-study, clubs, and campus activities. But you can also boost your skill set by taking a few elective courses outside of your major field to round out your education and add an extra point of view to potential working situations.
Make it Your Business
Today’s economy is relying more and more on start-up companies and entrepreneurs are emerging left and right, some finding success in business right out of college. These endeavors are found across the board and in a wide variety of industries. Whether your industry is fashion design, editorial services, personal training, or culinary arts, you may find your skills and expertise to be the perfect way to jumpstart a small business of your own.
Perhaps you want to create a blog or website to showcase your specialty; this can be a great way to generate revenue and increase your reach within the industry. Maybe you can offer an exclusive service to clients. Knowing the basics of business can help you get such ventures off the ground and provide a basis for a flourishing company. No need to add a major or minor in business to an already packed course schedule; taking an elective business course can be enough to introduce you to concepts, principles, and jargon that will prove helpful should you decide to start your own small business or contribute to an existing one.
Write it Right
Another elective course you can take in college to enhance your skills for the future is one in writing. Types of writing vary, and you cannot expect to write a business proposal or professional document in the same style you would draft a creative or personal piece. Having a firm grasp on proper professional writing techniques can make a big difference in landing the interview and succeeding in the job.
There is virtually no industry where writing skills will not be required at least on a small scale. Whether it’s intra-office communications or public documents, your writing skills may be put to the test more than once. Knowing some basic skills on effective writing styles can take your writing from “good” to “effective” and, in today’s evolving economy, effectiveness is always key.