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Seven ways for students to keep up with changing industries

Fabienne Perez, associate professor in human resources and organisational management at the ESSCA School of Management in France, shares seven tips to help students aiming to work in rapidly changing industries

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    Fabienne Perez

    Associate professor in human resources and organisational management
    June 7 2024
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    In an era marked by rapid technological advancements and shifting market landscapes, choosing the right degree programme is crucial for students aiming to succeed in evolving industries such as business, computer science and artificial intelligence (AI).  

    With employers seeking candidates equipped with adaptable skills and expertise, it is essential for prospective students to approach their educational journey strategically.  

    Here are seven essential tips to help you stay up to date in changing industries: 

    1. Prioritise programmes and universities with strong professional and international connections 

    When researching degree programmes, prioritise those with strong ties to businesses, organisations and industry. Look for institutions that offer opportunities for hands-on experience through internships or projects, both nationally and internationally.  

    These connections not only provide valuable exposure to real-world challenges but also enable students to build professional networks and understand business trends and practices.  

    2. Use your school alumni network 

    Pay attention to the school’s alumni network. These networks can help develop your professional relationships and provide opportunities for projects and internships. 

    They are also an excellent source of guidance throughout the entire student journey and beyond.  

    3. Consider your university’s certifications

    Additionally, choose a prestigious and recognised school, especially one that has earned quality certifications (such as AACSB, AMBA or EQUIS for business schools). This shows that schools have demonstrated a commitment to teaching, research and international reach, and shows a strong commitment to supporting students in achieving success in their studies. 

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    4. Focus on developing transferable skills

    While technical proficiency is important, employers value candidates with a diverse skill set that extends beyond technical knowledge.  

    Seek out degree programmes that emphasise the development of transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and adaptability.  

    Engage in coursework, projects, and extracurricular activities that foster these skills because they are essential for navigating complex challenges and thriving in diverse professional environments.  

    Developing your emotional intelligence will enhance your ability to navigate change and succeed in varied work environments. 

    5. Consider your education as a long-term journey

    In organisations where change is constant, the ability to adapt and learn quickly is essential. Students should therefore prioritise programmes that instil a culture of lifelong learning.  

    Look for institutions offering continuous skill development opportunities and career growth resources. 

    For example, some schools offer entrepreneurship programmes that teach students how to create their own business. They then support students to bring their ideas to life through workshops, coaching or networking, or by reaching out to partners.  

    Many institutions also offer professional development courses for mid-career professionals that alumni can access once they graduate. These courses help people improve their skills and stay updated on industry trends.  

    By adopting a mindset of continuous growth and improvement, students can stay ahead and remain competitive in the job market after graduation. 

    6. Actively engage in student life

    Your time at university is a valuable opportunity, not only to acquire knowledge, but also to get involved with extracurriculars. 

    Becoming involved in a variety of activities run by university associations, societies or clubs can enrich your experience while allowing you to pursue your interests and passions.  

    Participate in different events to gain insights into various careers and connect with professionals in your field, build relationships, expand your network and explore your interests.  

    Involvement in personal, professional or associative projects during your studies can provide an example of what it would be like to work in a company, managing a project with a defined budget and within a certain timeframe. The skills acquired in managing associative projects will then be transferable to their future careers. 

    Adopting a proactive approach to your education and professional development will set you apart from your peers and position you for success in the job market. 

    7. Stay adaptable: keep learning and craft your career

    Learning doesn’t end with graduation. To remain competitive in constantly evolving organisations, you must stay informed about market trends, emerging technologies and best practices. Cultivate a curious, proactive mindset that is open to new experiences and you will be better equipped to navigate the uncertainties of the future job market and achieve long-term success.  

    When you shape your career in alignment with your interests and values, and enhance your employability, you'll boost motivation in the workplace and achieve success in your career journey. 

    Consider your student journey as a dynamic and enriching experience to prepare yourself for a successful career. By following these tips, students can position themselves for success and thrive in the face of uncertainty. 

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