Ten Ways School Prepares You for the Work World
The first day you pack a briefcase and head off to a professional job
interview may seem far away, but the time to build strong skills and
valuable habits is now. School is full of opportunities to develop the qualities
most important to employers.
If you dread essays and other writing assignments, consider this: in a recent
survey of employers, communication topped the list of skills they look for
most. By doing your best on every research paper and lab report you write,
you're preparing yourself for a career.
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And employers value can-do professionals who come up with new
ideas and chart their own course through projects.
Cool under Pressure
Who hasn't made the argument that testing isn't a real-life situation? It's not
like your future boss is going to ask you to translate a Spanish passage
without a dictionary in under twenty minutes. But try thinking of the
pressure of testing as practice for the work world's own explosive situations.
You could someday find yourself meeting tight deadlines, speaking with irate
customers, holding a scalpel, or handling dangerous chemicals.
Attention to Detail
When you double-check your calculations for a math problem, make sure
you're using the correct homonym in an essay, or cite sources carefully in a
research paper, you're paying close attention to detail. That habit will come
in handy in any workplace, whether you maintain a database, keep a log of
the hours you spend with clients, or simply write emails.
How many classes do you attend each day? How many homework
assignments do you tackle each night? And what about sports practice, play
rehearsal, and other extracurriculars?
You have the chance to be a...