Student Success Skills for Life

Your student son or daughter has embarked on the final path to adulthood. They need to leave their parents’ involvement in their life behind and take charge of their own life. During the four years of university study there are key adult skills they must learn, practice, and master to be a success in their life and their career. They must do this on their own. Their parents cannot do this for them.

The following are key skills for success that students need to learn and practice while in college. Parents can provide opportunities for their student to practice these skills – frequently this means leaving them to learn to do things on their own. Through both success and failure they will mature as an adult. Discuss with your student which of these skills they feel are their strengths and which they are weak in. Talk and listen to their thoughts and feelings about these skills and coach them on how they can address their weaknesses and grow their strengths.  This is where a parent would say “my thoughts are” versus “you should do this”. The student needs to choose. These are college career skills which will contribute to their personal and career success for life.

  •  Self-advocacy
  • Communication
  • Collaboration and team work
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Responsibility
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Work independently
  • Study and lifelong learning skills
  • Participation and being engaged
  • Having personal goals
  • Comfort with technology
  • Self-management/time management
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Dealing with ambiguity
  • Comfort with diversity
  • Independence