Make your own way

 A college degree doesn’t guarantee a job today, at least not one in your field of study or at the pay you expected. A study from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity recently reported that almost half of 2010’s graduates from American colleges remain underemployed .

Today’s graduates – or anyone looking to change careers – have to be self-starters. There are few to no jobs that pay high wages for middle skills. Innovation and initiative help job seekers find or create new jobs. They’re also the kind of skills employers seek to help their companies stay a college graduatesstep  ahead of the competition.

Initiative and innovation fit right in with the secrets of successful self-starters. Visionaries have clear pictures of what they want to achieve; people who seize opportunities go after what they want; and risk takers go out on a limb to accomplish what they want or to try something new.

Tomorrow’s self-starters can begin today by nurturing their creativity and curiosity, and employers can seek these traits in those they interview or encourage them in existing staff. They also can support educational programs that focus on skills like critical thinking instead of fact recitation.

Learn more about education and job innovation in this recent article from The New York Times and find out how to assess and nurture self-starters at Self-Starter Zone.