The Next Best

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The Next Best

In honour of 50 years of St. Lawrence College, The School of Business will be identifying business students who are believed to make a significant contribution in the future. These students will be recognized as The Next 50. The Next 50 will be students who will make a difference and have the necessary employability skills to be successful in the future. The essential employability skills include adaptive thinking, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, social intelligence, collaboration, and design mindset. Further description of these skills is provided below.

Adaptive Thinking: Grads will be required to be flexible in their thinking, they need to be able to respond to sudden changes, see alternative perspectives to problems, and be a curious observer of their environment. They will need to be able to work in a complex and unpredictable world.

Interpersonal and Cross-Cultural Skills: Grads will need to work with diverse audiences, they must easily be able to move between different cultures, different demographic groups, and work with people with different technical expertise.

Social Intelligence: Grads will need to be extremely self-aware and understand how their actions, words, and choices may impact themselves and other people. The must be able to understand how to serve others and work to ensure group success over individual success.

Collaboration: Grads will not just have to work with others, but will have to approach problem-solving in a manner that creates new solutions that create conditions of win/win in problem-solving. Collaboration requires a strong commitment to the relationships involved in problem-solving as well as very strong communication skills.

Design Mindset: Grads will have to be innovative and demonstrate the skills of ideation and creativity in all aspects of their work. A design mindset requires critical thinking skills, the ability to determine and understand client needs in both the short term and long term. They must be willing to take a risk and make decisions without all the facts or clarity on the outcome.


Nominate a student TODAY! Click HERE for the nomination form. Nominations can be made by both faculty and students.