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How to apply what you learn in school to a professional environment

Maia Haas

From an early age, education is taught as one of the most important value. We are all told that we have to be good educated and that it will define our future perspectives. And that is true: education defines our skills and qualifications. It teaches us how to work and how to improve ourselves in our daily lives but also in order to be prepared to a professional environment.

Education maximises your skills and potential but also gives you the opportunity to find better jobs, to earn more and to be promoted easily. Remember what you learned is the basis of your work and the element that defines your profile during an interview.

Your most important skills must be highlighted in a professional environment. These skills, like many others in life, can only be acquired by coaching and by practise. Here are seven things that you are supposed to know when you are leaving school and that will help you in your professional insertion.

Resource managementAs a student, you are supposed to be able to gather information, to use library holdings and commercial databases, to search the web, to conduct interviews, to use surveys, and to keep and use records. You don’t need to know everything but you should be able to think quickly and togather the information you need for your assignment or the task your employer gave you.

Public speaking: It is one of the most important skills that you can develop in your education, since it is the basis of your communication skills. The ability to speak clearly and persuasively in front of an audience will give you more confidence and you will be more comfortable with yourself in a work environment. For your employer, speaking effectively means that you can sell anything as products or ideologies but also that you can sell yourself which will lead to many opportunities as career advancement or business funding for example.

Writing: Knowing how to write effectively involves not only the mastery of grammar and vocabulary, but also being able to organize your ideas and your thoughts into a consistent form. Writing is one of the first things that you learned during your education and you have to master it to work effectively. If you can write properly, you will be able to intervene in different fields.

Work under pressure: In general, students know very well how to work under pressure whether it comes to presentations or to teamwork. This kind of skills requires patience and self-control, it involves that you are able to manage yourself and your environment doing your best to solve a situation or a problem.

Learning from mistakes: For sure, when you were at school, you made some mistakes and you learnt how to solve them. This skill will help you because you might make mistakes even at work. This is really important because it means that you are open-minded and that you are able to recognize what was wrong with your propositions. Moreover, your employer will appreciate it because you will be adaptable to any situations.

Cooperation or Teamwork is one of the most important value that you learned at school. Indeed, in your workplace, you will always be confronted to situations where you will have to cooperate with your colleagues or even with people that you don’t know.

Time management: It has a real importance in a professional environment. Time management at school is not similar to time management at work but actually, it is the same concept. This is a skill that you develop constantly because you have to adapt yourself to some conditions of your environment. If you are efficient in time management, you are going to be more productive, less stressed and it will increase your opportunities for advancement.

Additional skill:

Show your personality: it is good to show what you have learned from school but you have to show your employer who you are. Highlight your personal skills and never give up. You employer will appreciate it.

From the point of view of an employer, a more highly skilled and knowledgeable worker is an asset for the company.

If you are frustrated with your job, keeping on honing your skills will make it easier for you to find new opportunities. Keeping an open mind to learn and to give yourself time and flexibility is the key to job satisfaction. Remember that you will always learn from your colleagues and your environment.

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