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What You Really Learn at College: 5 Surprising Things You Could Put on Your Resume

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Can you eat love? No. What about use it to heat your house? Well not exactly. Photocred: Wikipedia

The Beatles told us “All you need is love.” But unfortunately love won’t put a roof over your head, and although I’m sure your local grocer is a wonderful man, I don’t think he wants to trade milk and bread for hugs and kisses.
Luckily unemployment rates seem to be rebounding, and have hit a six- year all time low.  So what does this really mean what we think it does?

 

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This is a picture of the U.S. unemployment rate, not a rollercoster. Photocred: The Motley Fool

No one likes the bearer of bad news… but unfortunately these low unemployment rates are not as transparent as they seem. (If you’re a little tired and bored skip down to English Translation, I don’t want you falling asleep).  The rate at which unemployment is decreasing is much slower than it used to be. According to the Labor Department the U-6 rate is much lower than usual.  Meaning the gap between the hiring rate, and unemployment is much larger than before the financial crisis.

English Translation – The big boss man is not hiring as fast as before.

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Can’t fool this employer…AGAIN! Photocred: smoch.com

Not to worry- Here at The Modern Common Sense we have come to realize college life is truely providing students with skills that can help to bolster their resumes so they are more likely to be hired. We highly suggest immediately adding these skills to your resume if you haven’t already.

1. Works Well Under Pressure

Uh oh! Its 11:00 Sunday night, you know what that means! Time to start your 8 page paper that is due 8:00 a.m. Monday morning. Sleep? Thats for the weak, what do you think I bought 4 red bulls, and 2 coffees for!

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This college student is a prime example of success. Photocred: funny.st

2.  Good With Change

The night seems to be going perfectly when all the sudden… blue flashing lights, and sirens cut through the party music. Looks like its time to go somewhere else! Flexibility is a must in the workplace. Future employers will appreciate your ability to quickly change based on the situation at hand.

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The police officers just wanted to join the party. Photocred: thedailymail.co

3.  Innovative

Lazy? No, innovative! That is exactly what your future boss will think when he sees how creative you are. College students are continuously coming up with newer better ways to increase productivity while minimizing work.

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Innovation at its finest. Photocred:davinportlibrary.com

4. Dedicated

Do you know how difficult is is to watch every episode of House of Cards on Netflix in one sitting? That takes serious commitment. Not everyone has the ability to sit alone in a dark room for over 24 hours doing nothing but looking at a screen.  In the 50’s this may have even been considered a form of “cruel or unusual punishment”.

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House of Cards will be back this February for those of you dedicated students. Photocreds: Netfix

5. Excellent People Skills

We all know it can be extremely difficult to get along with others, especially in the work place. Which is why it is important to know when to turn on the charm and really create positive relationship with your coworkers. Employers tend to value workers that are able to get the job done and keep everyone happy.

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we all know the truth. Photocreds: muchpics.com

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Although college students like to pretend they are anti social….Photocreds: clothingcrasher.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With these 5 skills there is no need to worry about the volatile job market. These skills will open up a wealth of opportunities and help employees to earn promotions.  And if not, well theres always welfare.  The hard working Americans who slave away probably won’t mind the government taking away their hard earned money to pay for your cell phone and cigarettes anyways!

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By Kyra Azzato

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A Trendy Little Thing Called Kent-Bashing

If you live in Syracuse, you’ve probably heard of THE General Body, who are making headlines for sitting on the floor of a building until their list of demands, topping 40 pages, are met.

A skip card, which you can totally use on this next paragraph if you like. I don't mind. See?

A skip card, which you can totally use on this next paragraph if you like. I don’t mind. See?

(Skip this paragraph if you already know why they’re angry, or don’t care why they’re angry and want to jump to the point of the article.) Maybe they’re upset that Chancellor Syverud complimented students on working and holding jobs, because this suggests that work is voluntary and somehow demeans the plight of students who don’t have enough aid money – this complaint appearing in the “transparency” list: article 3.5.4 – or perhaps it’s because professors and students don’t have enough diversity training, and that all students should be required to take 3 credit classes on diversity; this demand, is taken directly from the “diversity” list – article 4.1 and 4.2.. They go on to demand an apology for bringing the university advocacy center to a different building as well.  I honestly couldn’t tell you exactly what they want now because since I’ve started writing, they’ve added another two pages of  demands, which are getting increasingly more radical.  If you want to read it, I’m sure you can find it somewhere online. I won’t link it here because I doubt you actually want to read over 40 pages of their manifesto and demands.

(Welcome back!) The sentiment of the group, which completely defies common sense, is that former chancellor Nancy Cantor was a better leader of the university because of her recruitment policies, which favored increasing diversity on campus, and that current chancellor Kent Syverud is somehow a bigot for wanting to improve SU’s academic rating. This ranking lately hovers in the 40’s or 50’s nationwide, depending on whom you ask.

Nancy Cantor, clapping at something. Photocred: The Post Standard

Nancy Cantor, clapping at something.
Photocred: The Post Standard

But I’m not as interested as talking about the demands – other than to point out how ridiculous it is for these students to refuse to leave until their demands are met, considering the fact that some of the demands call for immediate modifications to university buildings – as am in tackling the trendy new culture of Kent-bashing, which will not die.

Fact: college students like to party, or at least enough of them do to rank Syracuse as a top party school. Related fact: college students aren’t widely known for their foresight.

Chancellor Kent Syverud condemned the ranking, likely because he knew it was terrible PR for alumni, and would not help current students find jobs after graduation. But not everyone agrees:

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Chancellor Kent Syverud Speaks. Photocred: The Post Standard

Some students have made the assentation that graduating from the number one party school will prove to prospective employers that they have the work-hard-play-hard mentality. Following the logic of these students, and the numbers of the national rankings, you would be showing employers that you party roughly 40 times as much as you work. Personally I wouldn’t be putting that on my resume.

Regardless, it seems like everything Syverud has done has been treated as an attack on the SU way of life, and all problems at the university have somehow become entirely Syverud’s fault. Castle court closes: the ‘Cuse way of life is in danger, save ‘Cuse!” (A waste of a hashtag if ever there was one) A robbery occurs off campus: It’s Kent’s fault, he should bear personal responsibility for what happened because DPS was too busy busting parties – a fairly illogical claim if you ask me.

He is even blamed for the closing of Castle Court, formerly the happening outdoor party spot where students could enjoy both underage drinking and Syracuse’s lovely weather. This was the delayed result of Nancy Cantor’s actions, not Syverud’s.

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Photocred: Socraticcomunity.com

A contributing factor to the problem is the, “too long, didn’t read,” mentality where one student has beef with the Chancellor, posts a whining Facebook status about how ‘Cuse is under attack, and then people start sharing it and reposting it without actually reading what was said. It perpetuates band-wagon Chancellor bashing, and unites students in a seemingly noble crusade against “the man.”

Occupy Protestors block foot traffic, ruin productivity, spoil everyone's nice time

Occupy Protestors block foot traffic, ruin productivity, spoil everyone’s nice time

Aside from the fact that occupy protests are lazy by nature – trespassing, taking up space and getting in the way of productive members of the community until they become so annoying that their opponent has to cave – my issue here is that THE General Body purports to be the voice of SU. The group has well under a thousand followers on social media, 80 members who met with the university staff, only a few dozen participated in their previous march against Syverud, (again, back to the band-wagon Chancellor bashing) and only 30 are taking up space in the Syracuse administrative building. These numbers are pretty insignificant when you take into account the fact that there are over 20 thousand students at SU.

The University is not without issues that merit attention, but the administration has already opened up channels for student negotiation and promised to deal with concerns brought to their attention. This protest drowns out the sensible requests, and poisons the well for constructive negotiations.

THE General Body speaks for themselves, not for the university, and certainly not for me.

In Review:

  • It both defies common sense and demonstrates extreme hypocrisy to for such a small, opaque group to appoint themselves the voice of the students against what they describe as an opaque administration
  • I can’t believe I have to say this, but Kent Syverud is not omnipotent, and thus cannot possibly be personally responsible for everything that goes wrong on and off campus
  • Hating the Chancellor when you don’t understand the issues at hand isn’t cool or trendy, nor is it a sign of a productive educational environment: it’s a sign of attention seekers drowning out the voice of their fellow students

By Cole Ellenbogen

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