NEW YORK (MainStreet) — When you get done with college, if you're like most Americans, you're going to be dealing with tens of thousands of dollars in debt. So probably the last thing you want to think about is spending even more money. Still, if you want to prepare yourself for professional success in the modern economy, you might want to spend a little bit more in the right places before you head off on your job search in earnest. So what's money well spent after your graduation?
Training Yourself for the Workplace
Probably the last thing you'll want to do after you graduate is return to the classroom. But the good news is that a lot of the training you might need to succeed in the world of business isn't going to be found in the classroom. Scott Abbott, a partner with Straticos who wrote a book called Level-UP to Professional (Amazon Digital Services, 2014), he thinks that what today's grads are most in need of are soft skills and business 101 type skills. In fact, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder.com, nearly 40% of companies reported they need workers with a better mix of technical and soft skills that liberal arts educations are no providing.
Abbott stresses that most of the training you might need once you're done with school is free or inexpensive. "Some of them are free," he says. "It's just the investment of your time." A lot of what you need to learn can be grabbed out of books. You can buy those if you want, but you can also hit up your local library. "Go to the business and self-help sections of a local book store," he says. "Grab a cup of coffee and thumb through a couple of things." Then pick up the books that resonate most with you. Sit down and learn what you can about making it in the world of business. Most of what you learn in the local community college's entry-level business courses can be learned in the business section of your local bookstore.