The Key to Success in Education and Career
Not surprisingly, one of the keys to success in education is the same as one of the keys to success in your future career: strong communication skills.
Every six months, the Stevens-Henager College administrators meet with Program Advisory Committees (PAC). Membership in the PAC is based on professional expertise and hiring authority. In other words, the people in the PAC are possible future employers. The PAC members review our course curriculum, textbooks, and other aspects of our education system to make sure we are providing you with the education experience you need to achieve the career you hope for. The PAC members also tell us about trends they see in their specific industries and what they are looking for in new hires.
Consistently, and regardless of degree program, the PAC members tell us they are looking for oral and written communication skills more than anything else. Communication skills also include your demeanor in how you present yourself as a professional.
The Value of Communication Skills
Multiple studies have also shown communication skills to be the most sought-after skills in new hires. The National Association of Colleges and Employers has an article1 that discusses career readiness and how to better articulate your skills to future employers that will lead you in the right direction.
Not only should this information encourage you to have a high interest in general education courses like English and Interpersonal Communication, and individual assignments in all courses involving writing and presentations, but let’s apply the principle to your education success in general.
If you maintain good communication with Stevens-Henager College, you could reach your graduation goal prepared for success in your future career.
The truth is, Stevens-Henager College strives to be a leader in support for communication with students. Whether you are part of an on-ground campus or taking classes online, Stevens-Henager College provides multiple ways for you to communicate with us and we are actively trying to keep strong communication going with you.
"Multiple studies have also shown communication skills to be the most sought-after skills in new hires."
There are few obstacles we cannot help you overcome if we are aware of what is going on. From the obvious issues of understanding an assignment or course concept to the more personal issues of life and employment, we have the experience to help you find solutions. We are eager to have you succeed.
Ultimately, you represent our best communication to the public. Elite groups like top sports teams, military units, and schools want the best talent to keep their reputations growing yet those top talents also want to be with those groups because of the reputation attached to them. As other students have gone on to career success and demonstrated to employers the value of a Stevens-Henager College education, you can benefit. Those students coming behind you could benefit from your success as well.
This success starts with and is sustained by, developing excellent and professional communication skills. Remember to talk to us. Keep us updated on your current mailing address, e-mail, and phone numbers. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Let us know when you are celebrating successes or experiencing challenges. We want to be an active part of your education and career success.
About the Author
David Cowsert was the Dean of Stevens-Henager College’s former online division.He has a bachelor’s in community development and a master’s in publishing. His area of specialization is optimizing media experiences for individuals with disadvantages. In addition to more than 12 years in publishing and graphic design, David has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and various government bodies on communication issues for disadvantaged populations.