5 things that you should know and school doesn’t tell you

I was thinking about the skills that students need to know in order to perform well on their future jobs and avoid possible problems. Unfortunately, in most of the cases professors seem to be worried about teaching their subject and nothing else…so they forget to talk about these skills and students have to learn them in the hard way.

For this reason, I will enlist some useful things to keep in mind when you begin your professional career.

Good grades won’t be a guarantee that the job is going to be easy

Although good grades reflect your level of compromise, they don’t reflect things like teamwork, leadership, good communication , your ability to detect risks or solve problems.

Email is a serious thing

I have to say that I didn’t realize the importance of an email when I was in school.

But the “job email” is different…first of all, because it may contain an instruction, a critical statement that can affect your job or someone else. If you don’t pay enough attention to it, ignore it or write something without being careful enough, sooner or later it will get you into trouble.

So I recommend you to:

  1. Think twice and carefully what you are writing
  2. Really pay attention to your grammar and spelling
  3. Go straight to the point, keep your e-mails simple and understandable.
Fully understand what you are going to do

It looks good and professional when people who don’t understand a task, take time to analyze it and then share you a set of specific questions in order to find out an answer.

When everything is understood, only then perform the activities. Avoid making things and asking what you need to do at the same time.

Discuss which factors affect your performance

When you are performing a task and suddenly you realize that are unable to continue because of an external or internal factor. You need to report it immediately, propose solutions, have a proactive attitude …not the opposite.

Teamwork is better that individual work

When you know there are a lot of activities to be done and your team have the skills to perform them then it’s a perfect chance to delegate. It isn’t ‘healthy’ for a team to have a member that does all the work…because knowledge such as best practices and skills aren’t shared, everyone depends on a single person.

Originally published at www.thekairuz.com on June 29, 2015.

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