Business Demands Career Employment Strategies That Develop Business Leadership and High Work Ethics

For many years, the business world has been asking higher education to meet their needs of developing future knowledge workers who are self-leaders that take responsibility for their actions and have solid decision making and problem solving skills. An article in the Newsweek’s November 13, 2006 issue indicates that higher education has yet to hear this decades long message.

In this article, a recent graduate of an Ivy League School, shared her experiences that she lacked the fundamentals from completing a W-2 to how to rent an apartment. What was interesting was that she noted that she was not alone. According to her article, she referenced a recent study of career employment (source not cited) that hundreds of employers found new college graduates “woefully unprepared” for the job market.

For years education from K-13 has focused on learning or the acquisition of knowledge, but has miserably failed on performance or the application of knowledge. Universities or higher education continue this tradition and the 21st century is reaping the results – unprepared workers who are highly intelligent, but can’t negotiate themselves out of a cardboard box.

The University of Michigan Annual Recruiting Trends has documented the needs of employers for over 30 years. In its 2002 report, employers want graduates who have a passion for the position along with a total package including:

Verbal communication skills
Written communication skills
Leadership
Teamwork
Computer skills
Work ethics
Integrity

Dr. Carol Di-Amico in her research Workforce 2020 indicated that employers looked for the following when hiring experienced workers:
Leadership 73%

Problem solving skills 69%

Work ethics 68%

Job specific skills 61%

Creativity 60%

Organizational skills 49%

Interpersonal skills 45%

Given that many employers are looking for skill sets that are not currently being taught at the higher academic levels and probably not at the high school levels for those not immediately attending college suggests that these institutions of learning are indeed setting many young people up to fail. This would not be such a tragedy if they were not collecting thousands of dollars.

Finally, the author of this article in Newsweek believed that she invested her dollars to better advance her thinking abilities. She further wrote that her thinking was limited to the academic world and failed to transfer into the real world. Yet, it is those same professors in the academic world who insist that those in the business world where profits and losses are both earned and measured on a daily basis do not understand how to think and that education cannot be viewed as a business. This attitude is great if you are not accountable for securing results. Until education realizes its purpose is to successfully complete the next learning sequence (that means the graduates are gainfully employed in their field of expertise for at least one year) where personal and business leadership is highly developed along with all those interpersonal skills necessary for success, this young person’s experience will be multiplied by thousands more and our nation will continue to suffer.

Leanne Hoagland-Smith, M.S. writes about performance improvement within both business and education arenas as they are partners in success.

Career Employment Opportunities – Finding Something That is Better Than Just a Job For Yourself!

When you graduate college or get some training and you are ready to step into a new career or you are unemployed and looking for one of the elusive career employment opportunities it can be very stressful until you find something. You do need to have some patience and understand that you are looking for more than just a job. This is very important to understand.

Some of the possibilities that are out there are just jobs and you need to recognize this completely. J.O.B. stands for just over broke and this is not what you want at all. These are the places that do not really offer you a chance to use your talents correctly to move up in the company and go where you would like to go with your career.

The career employment opportunities that you are looking for may not be found in the classifieds or on any job sites. These are going to be the places that do not have to advertise when they have an opening because they are just that good to work for. You know people, who know people so you can find what you are looking for if you work your network correctly.

One of the major mistakes that people make is they find a job that they thing is one of the career employment opportunities and they get stuck. You might not recognize it right away, but if you are in a dead end situation where you are not truly happy, then it is time to start looking for a better opportunity that will use your talents in a better way.