College Classes You Really Need

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College Classes You Really Need

By Nikia Bundage

Many of us face a post-graduation crossroad that we encounter. It feels like: Okay, so now I received a secondary education, nailed the big interviews, and have the  job I’m “supposed to” have. Now, what? Now, is the time that you put that tuition, long nights of studying, and sacrifice to good use. Don’t worry, you’ll get the chance to use everything you learned in your college years. You’ll increase your use of these lessons the more successful you become.

In college, there are some classes you feel you’ll never use. While that may be true, depending on your field of profession, there are some classes that you will be able to use in almost any industry. The revelation of the skills that you could benefit from will hit you when you’re at work and in need of a particular skill to advance in your career. A skill that was possibly an elective that you skipped over and instead opted for dance, something you’ll probably never use unless you’re in a dance related field.

I can completely relate to this narrative because I have experienced it first hand. I was in a meeting one day and my co-workers started talking about the use of Six Sigma, a system that helps people work smarter not harder. While I had heard of it before, I didn’t realize that I could use it as a health professional. It wasn’t mentioned in my classes or on clinical and intern sites. It wasn’t until I started working in my field that I realized this skill was in high demand and could contribute to my career advancement. So, this sparked an interest within me to think. Though I haven’t used environmental health, there are classes that I have found useful in my career.

Public Speaking

Let me be the first to say that I write well, but my public speaking could use a little help. That is a reality that I am definitely faced with. It wasn’t until I was asked to speak (as opposed to just answering questions) that I realized I should have taken that public speaking class a little more serious than I did. I’m not terrible, because I practice and prepare, but I definitely understand why it was a required course.

Microsoft

I’m not just talking about Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. I’m talking about Excel. Oh, yes. Depending on your field, be prepared to make charts and spreadsheets on the data you collect. I will say, sometimes it’s easy and you’ll be able to pull off a mean cell merge. However, it is time to automate data to make it digestible for multiple people, you’ll have to work a little bit harder.

Technical Writing

No matter what field you’re in, it is likely that you will be asked to write a summary, report, or simply a response to an email for a specific subject matter. Wording, grammar and spelling are everything with effective writing. This skill will first come in handy when it’s time to carefully craft your resume and cover letter. Then, you’ll need it again when you’re asked to create a presentation that details the latest information you’ve discovered.

These are just a few things that you’ll possibly use during your career. There are a lot of skills and certifications that employers look for so it’s important to be at least somewhat knowledgeable in different areas. Additionally, always remember that when it comes to job searching  “preferred skills” does not mean “required.” You can always learn new skills and expand your knowledge to set yourself apart from others in your industry of profession.