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How has your post-secondary education prepared you for this job?

1 of 30 Tough Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on July 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

While attending post-secondary studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to any position. Think about what you learned at your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:

- Time Management
- Creative Thinking
- Proposal Writing
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Building
- Independent Learning
- Academic Research
- Self-Motivation

Be sure to comb the job description for keywords so that you can match your post-secondary experiences with the skills for which they are seeking!

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"My post-secondary education provided me with the information and structure needed to perform in the administrative world. Interning helped get my feet wet with my career as an administrative assistant."

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"My degree is in Economics and International Studies, which taught me not only the theoretics behind a business but also interpersonal relations across cultures and nations. I also learned a lot about presentation building, public speaking, and working in a collaborative environment. All of these skills have been an asset to my career to date."

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"I am a big believer in post-secondary education. It adds a lot of value to those newer to the workplace. My post-secondary education was in Communications and Journalism. The courses in this program helped me to develop stronger business relationships through professional correspondence. I also learned persuasive writing skills which have proven to be incredibly helpful when working on client proposals, and in negotiations."

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"I believe my combination of studies in both a community college, where I earned my associates in fashion merchandising, as well as my time spent getting my B.A. in communications, have uniquely positioned me to succeed in this industry as a whole, and your organization specifically. I learned the nuts and bolts of how things should work in college both from a fashion standpoint as well as best practices in communications. Daily, I apply my academic training in fashion, merchandising, department floor planning, how to run sales, as well as public speaking and presentation making. I will continue to refine these skills daily as I join your team."

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"I learned in college while taking an overload of credit hours and working full time that I respond well to pressure. This resistance to stress is something that I've brought into my professional life as well. I prefer a heavier workload, within reason, and feel the most accomplished and thrive in these sorts of situations. Of course, I have also learned my limits and know when I need to ask for help or a break."

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"Academically speaking, I learned to perfect my writing and speaking skills through English literature courses, and a B.A. in Education. Giving large-scale presentations was also a large part of my education experience. This skill has proven very transferable and allowed me to effectively communicate both in written and oral contexts, which has been of great value to my students and me."

Court Clerk
Answer example

"I've earned my BS in Criminology and utilized my degree in my last court clerk position. In addition to understanding the legal jargon and other components related to this career path, my post-secondary education also molded my abilities in research, writing, and communication."

Answer example

"Optical technology is amazing these days and I love being a part of it. We have virtually unbreakable products, like flexible titanium and stainless steel."

Law Enforcement
Answer example

"I have a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement from the University of Louisville. I am very proud to say that I graduated with honors, and was even working part time during those studies. Since then, I have been working on completing my Masters Degree. This should be complete in the next 2 years as I am working and taking online courses in tandem."

Proofreaders and Copy Markers
Answer example

"As you can see on my resume, I graduated from the (X university) with a bachelor's degree in X. Throughout my studies, I acquired advanced proofreading/copy marking skills, such as (X courses). I furthermore gained some hands-on experience while working on projects such as (X projects that helped you develop proofreading/copy marking skills)."

Newspaper Editor
Answer example

"I really enjoyed my creative nonfiction course because it taught me many different ways to convey a single truth, which I think is going to be a great asset in the human interest pieces. And the most challenging course was poetry. In that class, I learned how to do close readings and how to give effective constructive criticism, which definitely will help the writers turn in their work faster."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 06/29/2018
Last modified on: 07/29/2018

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How has your post-secondary education prepared you for this job?
My education prepared not only academically but sociable. It have taught me how to adventure out in the world.
Degree in biology taught me necessary scientific background and increased time-management and interpersonal skills.
I was travelled with some kind of.
I feel my work experience has prepared me for my career.
I've learned to manage my time, and the value of an honest days work.
It's prepared me to want to learn new things no matter how hard it is.
Given good basic technical knowledge. Most importantly developed soft skills like communication, relationship management, public speaking, be inquisitive.
I never had a path to follow at the point of my education, however I have worked, all my life, and to be honest being hands on are better than reading about it.
My math would have been the biggest help that has prepared me for this career. Without math we wouldn't know anything.
Well good to some extent.
Selling ideas thoughts and vision to teachers. Listening teamwork.
Knowledge and think positive and creative and take dicision with good manor and time keeping.
Yes, MBA, BSEE, Data Analysis.
With my educational knowledge, l can work efficiently and effectively with little or no supervision.
I feel my education has prepared me very well for my career by having to meet dead lines and dealing with the pressure of making it or failing.
Its taught me good people skills and being able to talk to anyone in any situation.
How to speak with different character of people.
Analytical, interpersonal common body of knowledge.
It has given my the excitement to learn and do more. To be more inquisitive and to strive for new things.
GPA and interpersonal experience.
My educational background has always been focused on business and public relations.
I had a strong desire to go into this field after a successful business career. So I was very ready for this educational experience and took full advantage of opportunities and clinical experiences.
We learned about plcs, robotics, electrical stuff.
The more prepare you are the better you will be able to satisfy your job expectations, qualifications and requirements.
Training has always being my strongest point, thus I easily share what I know with my peers.
I've been around many different types of people, and learned how to deal with all of their different types of personalities.
How to interact with people, to listen carefully to have eye contact and to make them feel they as the customers r the most important person.
To sustain and being stable for a long time.
I know not to quit no matter how tired I am or confused by a job.
To be friendly and to adapt to any type of situation.
My education has provided a foundation for building a successful career; and my love of continuing education has helped me to stay current and relevant in my field.
I earned a bachelors degree in History from the university of northern colorado. My education focused on research, interpretations, and a vast amount of knowledge retention. Through the pre law program I learned to problem solve, adapt to changing ideaology, and work with a multitude of different personalities and cultures.
I finished a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. My education is in line and related to my present work.
At my high school I was pushed to always go the extra mile and think harder, to problem solve, and to always keep trying.
I studied Management Assistant which prepared me for the admin work that I did, after that I studied Pastel Accounting which prepared me for the student accounts that I was doing.
Yes Definitely basics is necessary. But Ethics and Culture is my strength.
It prepared me well. In a way of methods and managment.
It prepared me well. In a way of methods and managment.
My education has prepared me for my career because I have taken college classes while still in highschool to get ahead to pursue Pharmacology in college.
Most of the courses I took had real life projects.
Knowledge and experience.
I have learned many skills during my education period and few skills will remain with me for life, I have learnt to make big project into manageable task, during class projects initially it may seem as big and unattainable but I have successfully completed them no matter how big the projects if you break it down to smaller managebale task I hve learned computer skills.
The environment I would say has prepared me better.
My internships and class work had given me some knowledge to prepare me for my career but I feel that my first position really helped prepare me for my future.
Honestly speaking it hasn't cause I'm still striving to go forward and do more because I've realized it's only few things that I know.
Well taking business classes help me a great deal, going in the industry of customer service, learning accounting, communication, work ethics, computer skills, team work.
My education has prepared me for a career in ways like I have been around many different kinds and personalities for the majority of my life so I am le to deal with different kinds of people. Also classes like English, math and global studies and US studies have taught me a copious amount of information that I need to know and understand to function correctly in todays society.
Be prepared for anything, any changes to society or the rictor scale of failure... Does not exist.
I have knowledge of the chemistry used in cleaning solutions and a business mind.
Taking different english and science developed a sense of understanding how things work.
Its has giving me an egde to work and adapt to any organisation and also made sure I can effect a change to them.
It has prepared me to wait like a dog for approval by an authority figure.
It has prepared me to wait like a dog for approval by an authority figure.
Incredible points. Great arguments. Keep up the great spirit.
It has prepared me to wait like a dog for approval by an authority figure.
My education has given me the research capabilities necessary to investigate, inspect, write reports, and orally present data in a comprehensive, yet in an informative manner.
My education has prepared me a lot for my career. I might be in a different field than what I studied but all the analytical skills and the problem solving skills are acquired from University I use them in my everyday role. I tend to believe that education doesn't teach you how to do your job when you get one but it teaches you how to learn which you will be doing a lot when you get a job.
It prepared me by helping me to stay focus and pay attention to detail in everything. Plus provides me the basic framework of necessary skills I need.
So much so much.. Expand my thought to understand others that realy impact on the sucessful outcome.
My education has prepared me for my career because all the courses I have taken and my currently taking involve group work which require working with other people to get a job done.
I majored in economics and learnt macro economic analysis, computer applications, research methods and data analysis all of which you essential for some to perfect in this role.
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