Five things they don’t teach you in university
Oh yes, September has arrived. Some of you might just have started a new semester at university or college and some of you are working. In addition, some of you might be in the limbo space between the first two. For those in the last group, this blog post is dedicated to you. When I just started out with my first full-time job, there were a few things I wasn’t prepared for. Simply, because nobody tells you these in university or college. If you’re curious to know what I’ve learned and wish I would have known earlier, keep on reading!
Technical skills are table stakes
Contrary to what you may have been told, technical skills are table stakes. Remember that when you’re invited for a job interview. All the other candidates will have the same technical skills as that is the first thing recruiters will look for. Not to abase your hard-earned skills, but what I am saying is that you’ll need more than just skills. The thing that is decisive during an interview and will set you apart is your personality. Make sure to invest time to (better) get to know your personality and figure out how your strengths can be shown to full advantage.
You’re not that great, YET
Congratulations! You’ve gotten yourself through university or college. You’ve written a challenging thesis. With blood, sweat, and tears as the ingredients: You are now the proud owner of a degree. However, this doesn’t mean you can stop learning. In fact, you are just starting out to apply every theory you’ve been taught in real life. In addition, you’ll finally have time to explore more topics to learn about. Hello, self-help books and management literature. These last two will be helpful to develop personally. The satisfying thing is that you’ll quickly be reaping the fruits of your labor, as you’ll be able to apply it in your job. A few books to start with, have been discussed previously.
The most basic things will make you look silly
Two words: Microsoft Outlook. What an underexposed piece of software that is. Most companies work with Microsoft Outlook for e-mail traffic, agenda’s, and scheduling. Sounds really basic, right? What nobody told you though is that there’s so much room for error with that programme. Try sending meeting requests and changing meeting rooms afterward without having to spam everyone for the first time (we’ll help you on your way in this blogpost). Not even to mention: grabbing a cappuccino from the machine without it splashing milk. It’s not as bad as it sounds, just keep it in mind so you’ll won’t be thrown off guard if it might happen.
Weight gain due to new luxuries
No more worries about buying expensive study books combined with a good salary mean more cash for food. Want to have an acai bowl for breakfast? Fresh baguette with truffle salami for lunch? Sushi with friends for dinner? Yes, yes and yes! On top of that, the number one mode of transportation now is a brand-new lease car instead of the good old bike. Oh yeah, all the ingredients and luxury to gain weight. It will take a little time to adjust to the new schedule, but hey more money also means being able to go to a nicer gym!
Weekends are a pretty cool concept
As a student, I studied Monday through Friday and worked Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday. During exams, it was even more hectic as I would also study during the weekends after my shift at work. When I started my job, I realized I actually would have the weekends off. Honestly, I don’t know how I’ve been doing so long without. Suddenly I have all this extra time for the gym, spa, date nights, quality time with family and friends, and of course personal projects such as CAREERLIONS.COM. Thanks to whoever came up with the concept of weekend.
Well, now you’re prepared to go on and shine at your new job and launch your career! Working for quite some time already? What are the things nobody told you, you wish you knew? Let us know in the comments below!