8 COLLEGE COURSES YOU NEED
Here are the eight courses the experts, professionals, and academics picked, and the reasons why they're worthwhile.Public speaking. "The fact is that no matter what you do in life, everything is about working well with and through others," says Deborah A. Osgood, cofounder of Knowledge Institute in Exeter, New Hampshire. Public speaking can "help you to formulate communications and develop the courage to stand up and communicate. The more you can influence others with your ideas, the more you get the job, close the sale, build collaboration and enjoy meaningful relationships." Sales. A sales class can teach you "all those soft skills people need in order to sell themselves at an interview, which many college students do not know how to do," says Jack Liu, the chief community officer at Teen Business Forum. "Myself included," he adds. Marketing and Public Relations. Marketing and sales aren't the same thing. "Marketing is everything that you do to reach and persuade prospects," points out Laura Lake at About.com. "The sales process is everything that you do to close the sale and get a signed agreement or contract." A marketing course can teach you how to promote yourself, build your brand, and expand your network, no matter what field you end up in. "The info gleaned is priceless," says Tiffany Victoria Bradshaw, a publicist, marketing brand strategist, and business coach. Computer literacy. "People who are not able to fully take advantage of the Internet will either get left behind or have to pay someone a lot of money to do their web work for them," points out Candy Keane, the owner of Three Muses Inspired Clothing, who earned a bachelor's degree in Magazine journalism before opening her store. "Because of the magazine concentration, I learned graphic design, layout, photography, Photoshop, PR, writing, web design—all the things that I was able to use and build on to start my business myself. I didn't have to hire a web designer or someone to do ads. I learned it all in school. It has saved me tons of money over the years."<?xml:namespace prefix = o />
Introduction to Psychology. Learn about Maslow's hierarchy of needs, classical conditioning, and other basic psychology concepts, suggests Ryan G. Van Cleave , author of Unplugged.Recent college grads "don't understand how people 'work'," he points out. "Or why." Introduction to Economics or Business. An economics course that explains the basics, like inflation, supply and demand, and the differences between micro and macro economics, can also come in handy, says Van Cleave. Why? "Money, money, money," he says. "The idea of large economic forces and implications is beyond them." Communications and Writing. People need English, grammar, and communication skills regardless of their majors, says Sharon Buchbinder, a higher-education and health-care consultant. "Undergraduate and graduate students struggle with basic writing skills." Internships. OK, so this isn't technically a class, though many schools do offer credit for internships. "The most important courses I was required to take at Butler were my two internship courses," says Klint Briney of West Palm Beach, Florida-based BRANDed, a marketing and management firm. "The internships were with MTV Networks and Just Marketing International. I would have never been where I am today without those internships." Hands-on experience can be helpful even before you get to college, says Joann Perahia, director of Systemic Solutions, Inc. "I will always recommend to students (even High School students) that they should always do an unpaid internship in the area they feel is where they want to be. It's not worth the college investment to then find out it's not what you want." And when you're an intern, pay attention to the people you work with, not just to the work that you do. "I suggest to my interns that you pay attention to building relationships with the future co-workers, entrepreneurs, and decision makers that you'll need to work with in the next 10 to 20 years," says Lijah R. Young, co-founder of Social Talk Live. "Students will be infinitely more successful than those who focus on any particular course load or major" Keep in mind that these classes are ones experts suggest college students take in addition to, not instead of, their majors—you don't necessarily need to take all 10. And, to really get the most out of your education, don't forget the importance of some of the more traditional courses, like literature, math, and science. Facebook is cited in 1 out of every 5 divorces in the United States, according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Furthermore, 81 percent of the country's top divorce attorneys say they have seen an increase in the number of cases using social networking evidence during the past five years. Last but not least, Facebook is the unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence with 66 percent citing it as the primary source.