For many college students, it’s not until after the graduation they really realize how tough the job market is. In contrast to what they hear from news about improved economy and increased number of people getting hired, job market has become substantially more difficult, and many college graduates are not equipped with skills that hiring managers demand. These five courses reflect the demands in the job market and can help for career advancements later down the road.
1. Introduction to Programming
2. Introductory Chinese
Back when I was in high school, Spanish was regarded as the language to learn. While that is still true, students who plan to get into businesses or international policy should definitely take up on the course of introductory Chinese. China is growing at extremely rapid rate, and its presence is directly felt in United States with so many products made in China. Even if you do not plan on business careers, Chinese will surely be a good language to have. You don’t have to be an expert – you just have to know basics of it and be exposed to the language and country.
This course may be somewhat surprising to some students, but based on my tutoring experiences, there are many students who go to college with only Algebra I, II, and Geometry completed. But, even if you do not plan on taking Calculus, Pre-calculus is still necessary if you ever want to take more courses in natural sciences or some business courses. Math skills are probably one of top skills demanded by hiring managers, so take pre-calculus!
4. Human Biology
There are stories of people who have a change in their career and go back to school for nursing, physician assistant, or medicine. Careers in health field are more stable than other careers, and with generous salary and benefits, they are nice options for people who want to have normal work hours (except for emergency room obviously) and maintain a family. That’s why it’s worth taking one course in human biology during your college years – after all, human body is a fascinating mechanism that no robots can even come close to imitating it! Your experience with human biology can be a valuable tool to help you decide if you ever want to change careers to health field later.
Regardless of your major, you should take a course in internship. This can be a course titled internship during normal college semesters, or summer internship that you can receive either payments or credits. Many businesses are willing to hire summer internships in exchange for credits, and they certainly come up in Craigslist and many other job search engines. Having an internship shows two things: 1) it shows that besides being a good student, you can also be a good worker with proven results; and 2) internships often lead to full-time employments after the student graduates.
Whatever your major is, you should take all, if not most, of these courses by the time you graduate to be best prepared for tough job markets that wait for you in the future.