Fourteen years into formal education and I have realised two things; what you learn in school is largely impractical, and the education system is designed to train you well for school, but not for society.

How many times have people told you that the best way to learn is to teach?

“Wait six months… is that it?”

Liam Manoogian was Cadet at PwC for 6 months

Finding your uniqueness in todays fierce job market can be challenging. The ‘sigh’ we exude from the ubiquitous line ‘we regret to inform you that…’ can often leave us wondering, what makes the ‘other’ candidate better?

So how can you be the candidate who stands out from the rest?

Having the opportunity to work side by side by recruiters myself, they’ve validated what hiring managers are looking for…

Ambitious people are driven to achieve but it is a commonality for their goals to be unrealistic. While ambition is an essential trait for anyone who would like to be successful in life, it can be detrimental in certain instances.

How can ambition be dangerous?

Sometimes our goals can be unrealistic.

Imagine you’re in a speed date… you have 4 minutes to make an impression on the other person before the conductor rings a bell signalling your turn to move on to the next person.

  • If you don’t know what you’re talking about, they’ll know.
  • If you don’t have a spark, they’ll lose interest.

In the age of social media and ‘swipe rights’, the art of handling a face-to-face conversation with a stranger has become more and more foreign to the modern-day millennial.

Throw in 30 sweaty handed students into formal wear, and place them in an uncomfortable, sterile room with canapés, and you’ll find yourself in what is commonly known to be a ‘Professional Networking setting’.

There is a widespread perception amongst young people that their university course is a direct route to their future career.

Alexander Cheng

I write, edit, and collate articles for the BusinessOne Insider, a student-written, consulting and professional development newsletter.

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