When you get training, you get a better career future.
Once graduated from college, you’ll probably assume you’ve got all that’s needed to succeed in the workplace. Not so. A recent study found graduates have only 2% of what they need to succeed! I’ll bet that makes you wonder what you paid all of that tuition money for, right? If this study is correct, it’s time for bigger curriculum reforms at the college level. Since those reforms aren’t going to happen anytime soon, find a way to boost your value rating once you land a job. One way is to get training–either a program the company offers–or a do-it-yourself type of program. Let’s look at both.
Company Offered Programs-many employers offer training to employees they deem cream-of-the-crop, it’s your job to ask how to get into those programs. But first, what’s needed is a great track record on your part as their employee. Point out key areas where you shine, let the boss know that with more training, you’re eager to work on areas which need strengthening or improvement. For starters, how’s your overall communication? If written and verbal skills in college are at the freshman (in high school) level, you need coaching in that area. How about promoting an idea you have, would you know how to do that? If not, the idea will go nowhere. And what about self-evaluation? Are you good at knowing how you come across to coworkers, supervisors and clients? Most people don’t have a clue.
Do-It-Yourself Programs-it’s easy to find a plethora of books, CD’s, DVD’s and online resources designed to help anyone improve themselves in any number of areas. For example: find a CD to play while commuting which teaches you how to be a better communicator. Watch DVD’s on public relations techniques to learn how to better market yourself to employers in an interview. And everyone can benefit from the wisdom learned from reading a book on how to deal with difficult people in the workplace.
Go one step further–combine both of these! Smart people know learning is a life-long process, it doesn’t stop once a diploma is in hand. Take every opportunity to learn something new which will create a better future for your career.
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