What can Job Seekers learn from Improv Comedy at MIT?

October 12, 2016 Cellasteen 16 comments

Jake Linwood, the assistant director at MIT’s Global Education and Career Development Center, uses improv comedy sessions with students to help them speak off-the-cuff and communicate comfortably under pressure. This all according to an article put out by NACE, The National Association of Colleges and Employers.


The group does yearly studies and surveys on issues surrounding career services. If you aren’t familiar with improvisational comedy, it is a form of theatre where a group of actors or comedians work together to create and unscripted performance.  They take verbal cues and run with them, keeping the session alive by extemporizing the funniest thought that comes to mind. The exercise done at MIT is meant to help future interviewees remain loose and relaxed during an interview by giving them experience digging themselves out of a tough situation in front of others.


We’re not telling you to strap on over-sized shoes and a big red nose and head off to your next interview. But, the study does illustrate a valuable point about the importance of oral communication in the work environment. This idea coincides with results of other studies put out by NACE.


A 2016 study by NACE found that when employers were asked to rate the most important skill/qualities that a candidate should possess, the “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” came in at the top of the list. Followed closely behind is the “ability to work in a team structure.” Both of the top two skills/qualities that employers seek can be found in improv comedy. Working that extemporaneous “muscle” will better train your mind not to panic if faced with a tough interview question. An improviser is able to stay cool and calm in this situation. So, maybe it’s time for you to purposefully put yourself in a few more uncomfortable situations to dig yourself out of. It might just land you your next big job.


We’re all familiar with the success of tech start-ups over the past decade. They start humbly as a simple idea, clean and purposeful, and have the potential to turn into multi-million dollar companies virtually overnight. These tech entrepreneurs and app developers are now starting to toil in financial services, creating a new and exciting industry known as fintech. PayPal, the first hyper-successful internet payment servicer, might ring a bell.


However, since PayPal, there have not been many successful companies like it. That, however, is changing according to anarticleon Inc.com.


Businesses are going to need personnel with skills in finance. They are specifically looking for people who can adapt and learn the fast-paced technological elements of fintech. The world of technology has opened up a whole new set of opportunities for lending and managing finance. With that comes a whole new set of obstacles and dangers. This is where companies like Feedzai come in. They specialize in making e-commerce safe and secure.


Companies like this are popping up everywhere trying to occupy the space between finance and tech, and they need to be staffed. Insightful Staffing Solutions in here to support and connect you with employers across the financial and accounting world, including the fintech community.

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