A large portion of life is spent in school. No matter when and where your education ended, you learned valuable lessons along the way that help you in your day-to-day life. We all take away something different from our respective educations. Now as many across the United States and world are transitioning from schooling to the working world, it’s paramount to practice the habits and skills attained during your education. The following are three things I learned during my education that stuck with me as I entered the working world:
- Be Proactive
Being proactive is probably the most important habit I developed throughout my education. Although learning the value of proactivity normally results from experiencing the angst of its opposition, procrastination, proactivity is a simple habit that can pay dividends down the road. Whether that is starting an assignment early or simply outlining your task, merely beginning the process will make you feel more comfortable and in control of your endeavor.
- Ask Questions
Especially as you start into a new phase of your life, do not be afraid to ask questions. Whether you are working in the arts, business, law, sciences or any other field, asking questions is an easy and fast way to learn. Your colleagues around you have a plethora of experience and knowledge that can help you find your footing. Asking questions often solves problems before they are created. The people around you are a fantastic resource as you embark on your professional career.
- Remember the Basics
No matter the issue or problem, remembering the basics is an important step in solving any complication. You need to know where the problem originates in order to solve the issue. As you attempt to tackle your first assignment or task in the working world, keep in mind the fundamentals of your profession or trade. You have learned how to analyze and sift through a variety of issues. Now it’s time to apply what you have learned.
Applying what you learned in school is not as easy as it sounds. The real world often poses you with issues you never encountered in school. With that said, it is important to remember and practice the habits and skills you developed during your education to your job, profession or trade. Next time you are tasked with a new assignment or job, try being proactive, asking questions and remembering the basics!