The value of higher education from the employer’s perspective

By Maggie Sharpe, Published in Bay Area News Group on April 26, 2015

Before Recession
During Recession
(Employment Decline)
High School 1/2 16%
Associate Degree 1/3 11%
Bachelor Degree 3/4 7%
  • Fullbridge (with offices in San Francisco) – a career accelerator program to help young professional success in the global economy
    • Higher education is the baseline for most employers
    • Companies also look for: internships, work experience, extracurricular activities and career accelerator programs
    • Leadership and participation in skills-building programs
    • Corporations value candidates with confidence and a strong desire to learn
    • hard skills: Excel proficiency, time management
    • soft skills: being able to work with others, work well in teams and eventually become a leader
  • college degree indicates how teachable a person is – value a culture of continual learning; discipline needed to complete the rigors of a structured academic program; ‘bias for execution’ – know how to get things done
  • real-world experience
  • possesses a deep level of functional expertise
  • Eight attributes used by “Energy Recovery” in San Francisco in its annual employee performance appraisal – changing the game (innovation), all in (commitment), problem solving, professional maturity, work ethic/commitment to excellence, effective communication, collaboration, and flexibility/adaptability
  • unique mix of rebellious spirits, distinctive styles and technical know-how and a whole lot of gumption
  • ones that embrace and contribute to company culture, lead by example, and who support and care for one another
  • you can teach people new skills, but you can’t train someone to give genuine heartfelt care
  • look beyond the CV and dig deeper into an individual’s passion, personality and drive
  • people who aren’t afraid to take chance, who want to make a different – people who care about their work impacts others around them
  • higher education provides people with a great foundation for acquiring knowledge, skills and abilities
  • San Francisco State University, College of Business : Bill Kimpton Hospitality Scholarship

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