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Skills and Knowledge

What Skills and Knowledge Can Help Me Get Into College? Look at these program descriptions taken directly from the websites of universities:

BROWN-Undergraduates pursue bachelor’s degrees in more than 70 concentrations, ranging from Egyptology to cognitive neuroscience. Anything’s possible at Brown—the university’s commitment to undergraduate freedom means students must take responsibility as architects of their courses of study.

YALE-At Yale College, we are dedicated to providing a liberal arts education that fosters intellectual curiosity, independent thinking, and leadership abilities in our undergraduates.

DARTMOUTH-Uniting opportunities for practice and theory in every discipline, academics at Dartmouth are innovative, interdisciplinary, international, individualized, and structured to foster the most important features of a liberal arts education. At the undergraduate level, this is accomplished through shared experiences in the first year, courses on writing and rhetoric, opportunities for hands-on project learning, and creative practice.  Throughout the curriculum, students take advantage of opportunities for individual discovery, and other courses or experiences that advance fundamental skills of quantitative thinking, problem solving, analyzing, creating art and music, and communicating.

And in the work place? Look at what these companies say about their hiring practices and the types of employees they are looking for. To see more, click on the company names and read the full descriptions from their websites.

Google’s Hiring Process

Our interview process for business and general positions evaluate your problem solving and behavioral abilities. Remember, it’s not a question of getting the answer right or wrong, but the process in which you use to solve it. Creativity is important.

Life At Google

We’re looking for people who:

  • Have broad knowledge and expertise in many different areas of computer science and mathematics
  • Have world-class programming skills
  • Have excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Are passionate about their work and are great colleagues
  • Enjoy working in a high-energy, unstructured environment on very small project teams
  • Have diverse interests and skills

Careers at Microsoft

You’ll find that Microsoft people have a lot in common: they’re bright, creative, and resourceful, and they value excellence in themselves, others, and their work. They thrive on challenge, learning, and being accountable for what they do.

Jobs at Apple

There’s plenty of open space — and open minds. Collaboration. And of course, innovation. We also have a shared obsession with getting every last detail right.

Boston Consulting Group (a top Forbes Company)

We see people who strive to make a difference and go beyond the obvious. At BCG, you will do more than just analysis. And we require more than just good grades. Our aspiration is to change clients, industries, business, even society. Your success in this depends more on your talents than on the focus of your degree. People with a background in many subjects—business, natural sciences, philosophy, finance, engineering, history—thrive at BCG.

Monsanto (a top Forbes Company)

Qualities for Interns:

  • All levels of degree (BS, MS and PhD)
  • Sophomores and above with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Students with freshman standing considered
  • High interpersonal and communication skills, ability to interact well with a team and have the ability to work independently.

Will this Class, and this Project, Help Me Gain the Skills I Need?

The collection project allows you to work independently, and at times to collaborate with others.

The collection project goes beyond asking you to learn what the teacher already knows, then tell it back to her. It asks you to come up with your own ideas, and then to share them with others.

The collection project allows you to explore a passion of yours, formulate your own questions about it, and then seek answers, and present them in both a creative forum and through the clearly communicated written word.

The collection project is not about going through the motions of completing tasks “well enough” to satisfy the teacher. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

The project requires you to master the skills of finding, questioning, and analyzing literature. You won’t get everything “right,” but you will get better at this if you keep working at it.

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