For students from non-traditional majors looking to build transferable skills for the professional workplace, choosing classes can be overwhelming. Two Cornell undergraduates and two recent graduates offered tips for ways to gain transferable skills for the workplace through Cornell’s many courses.
As I’ve been applying to internships, I’ve started to think a lot more about the idea of professionalism. It is such a confusing concept to me because it presents the idea that everyone has to act and look a certain way in order to be taken seriously. Professional is often associated with someone who dresses in business casual clothing, speaks eloquently and appears to be overall put together. There are so many limitations that comes with this professional standard such as no hair dyed an unnatural hair color, facial piercings or visible tattoos. It provides yet another set of expectations people are supposed to meet as they go into their careers and it makes me feel really uncomfortable.