Unless you’re attending a trade or craft school, typically your core classes don’t teach you specific on the job functions. Though you may learn to draft up a proposal (or something to that equivalent depending on your major) you’re not entirely aware of the work place hierarchy, customs and procedures until you’ve landed a job and performed real work. In which case, each and every work place has it’s own set of rules and procedures to follow. So, good luck with that…
Regardless, about 90 percent of your undergraduate classes will follow a similar curriculum that is set up in the format of generic lectures. Do yourself a favor and sign up for a few useful ones by checking into one or two of the classes listed below.
#1: Business Communications 101:
Understanding the basics of effective communication within the workplace will increase your ability to establish professional relationships. With the numerous communication options available, both non verbal and verbal skills are necessary in order to increase your probability of building and maintaining a successful career. The Business Communication 101 class will help you gain insight into understanding how to resolve conflict and effectively communicate within the work place.
#2: Computer Science Classes:
Like Business Communications 101, CS courses range from learning the basic understanding of computers and their software to advanced web development. Depending on what skill level you currently are may determine what type of class you want to select from the CS program. Most majors require CS101 or more, so regardless if you’re interested in taking them or not it may be best to knock these out of the way first. The great thing about the computer science program is that it can be utilized for years to come. Meaning what you learn in these classes can be applied to a job.
#3: Political Science 101:
Politics isn’t everyones cup of tea, but it’s essential to understand the foundation and workings of government and political systems. This includes the constitution and branches of government, the election process, how public opinion and the media influences politics, political parties and interest groups, and political economics and how they all contribute to both domestic and foreign policies. Though it may all sound boring, understanding the basic dynamics is essential to being able to make sound judgements on current events.
#4: Econ 1, 10, 100 and 101:
Depending on how your college classifies their economic studies, usually these four classes cover the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services and how it’s regulated on a domestic and foreign level.
Once thought as, “something you can’t teach” the entrepreneurship program at universities and community colleges have improved immensely over the past 10 years. A typical class in entrepreneurship will teach you to develop new venture strategies and how to get funding for your ideas and/or business concepts. Which basically forces you to be a self starter, think outside of the box and create something from nothing. Some university entrepreneurial programs put together a trade-show towards the end of the semester where (fake) investors will offer you a check on your product and/or service or flat out reject your idea/concept all together. It may sound like a lot of pressure (especially if your grade is riding on the sale of your business model) but ultimately it will get you familiar with creating, developing and selling products/services. Which is a necessity in any work environment regardless if you plan on being your own employer or becoming an employee.
Good luck, don’t be generic and go make the most of your college education!