Educated vs. Informed
Recent college graduates may be proficient writers, advanced technicians, or mathematical geniuses, but most have never picked up a Newsweek or let alone the New York Times. College professors teach students how to think analytically, but they do not emphasize the importance of reading the news and staying well-rounded and the post-college benefits of doing such.
Regardless of the industry new grads choose, current events are applicable to all. Whether interviewing or starting a new job, nothing is more impressive than a candidate who can speak knowledgeably about the news and relate current events to their industry or job. Then, after a new grad has secured the job, emailing news stories or cutting out newspaper articles for their boss is beyond impressive.
The best employees read an array of publications each week in order to broaden their knowledge. If you’re in the business world, or are trying to break in, read Inc., Fast Company, and Wall Street Journal, but also find time to read other industry publications, for example. The most successful new grad employees are not only professional and hard-working, but are well-read and apply current events to their working life.