Three Workplace Skills College Didn’t Teach You

Three Workplace Skills College Didn’t Teach You

While your MBA will come in handy, along with all the other college classes you took to prepare you for work, there are some lessons that even the finest degree can’t teach you.  Experience is the best teacher, but we thought we’d give you a head start on some lessons that are best learned once you’re on your own.

1.  Find your split personality. The personal “you” and the workplace “you” are allowed to be two different people.  Find a good sense of work-life separation.  As you embark on a new career, it is easy to remember college mode where you want to make new friends to hang out with.  However, you will benefit in the long run by keeping work at work and fun separate.

2.  Honesty is always the best policy. While it may be tempting to call in sick when you want to go see your favorite baseball team play or fib a little to cover up a mistake, don’t do it.  When you start a new job, your trustworthiness and credibility are under scrutiny.  You’ll earn more respect by being honest.

3.  Never beat around the bush. Put your timid ways aside.  You are playing with the big boys and girls now.  If you are in a management position, be clear about your expectations.  If you are in an entry-level position, don’t waffle when asked for your opinion.