Back in October, 2009, I wrote an article entitled “16 essential life skills students should know before leaving high school“. 

It was based on personal observations of high school-aged students I have known over the years, including my own kids. 

This post takes things a little further, itemizing the 7 necessary skills a student should master before entering college. 

1. Personal marketing:  Above everything else, the student should know who they are and what they want in life.  If they can honestly determine their Life Mission & Vision they might be able to develop and direct their career down a path that is in alignment with their true wishes, rather than pursuing a goal of just making money. Ideally they can find something that fulfills their ambitions and makes money for them, too.

2. Interpersonal skills: Knowing how to relate to others is essential for survival in college and the business world.

3. Writing SMART goals:  Writing goals is good but writing SMART goals is even better.  When a deadline is attached to a goal it becomes more concrete. This acronym spells out why.

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

4. Decision-making skills:

  • Identify problem
  • Evaluate choices and consequences
  • Determine best solution
  • Take action
  • Evaluate outcome

5. Presentation skills: Being able to communicate an idea publicly and effectively is a skill every college student should be prepared for.

6. Organizational skills:  Putting information, ideas, schedules and even your living environment in good order is a great asset.

7. Leadership skills: You have a great advantage if you can manage human resources, possess vision and have a knack for influencing and motivating others.