Group Work = Workplace Skills

With the current state of the economy, students looking to enter the workforce have discovered that it’s an employers’ market. And as graduates, they’ll have to use everything they’ve learned in class to make themselves more marketable. And for students who took courses that focus on group work, there are valuable lessons that can be used when they start their careers.

The benefits of group work

The group projects you participated in class are for more than a grade: they can also teach you how to adapt to different personalities and working styles. Collaborative work allows the people in the group to share their talents and abilities, complete more work than a single student can, and exchange ideas and concepts. Of course, working in a group requires that everyone get along—at least, for the duration of the group project. But that’s also a lesson you’ll take into the workforce with you: learning to work with diverse personalities can prepare you for the diversity you’ll encounter once you start your career.

Leveraging your college group work experience

When you’re ready to begin your career search, your education will play a significant role in how you market yourself to employers. Highlighting your group work experiences on your resume can send a signal to employers that you have skills in project management, that you know how to delegate tasks, and that you’re able to see a project through to its finish. These qualities are all important in the workplace—and for fast-paced, detail-heavy careers, your ability to adapt quickly to new situations will be an asset.

Demonstrating your skills
Technology has transformed the workplace. People on the go can check e-mail and communicate with coworkers regardless of their locations. Meetings can be held with Internet video connections instead of in conventional boardrooms, and work groups may be scattered across a state or the country. The skills you may acquire during your college education include the ability to work well with people both online and in person—and working in a team may require you to work closely with your coworkers, even if you’re not in the same physical office with them. By performing group work in your college courses, you’ll be able to demonstrate to employers that your education made you a well-rounded and flexible worker.

Working in groups on college coursework encourages you to get out of your comfort zone, to adjust to different work styles, and to create a project that is more than the sum of its parts. In the workplace, these abilities are valuable—both to you and your potential employers.