What To Do If Your University Degree Isn’t Helping You
Recently, my colleague showed me a Zhihu question that many people are following. It’s about what key quality is very important for your career success, but you don’t learn or develop from your university education.
As a talent industry professional, the biggest one to me, by far, is career sense. Or the understanding of how to pursue and achieve a successful career.
Why career sense? Because it impacts every aspect of your career success. This includes your job choices, career planning, career decisions, career development, ability to join platforms and situations that fit you, and ability to capture and perform well in opportunities that are most attractive to you.
How do you achieve your career success without career sense?
Like everything else, before you do something well you need to understand it well first. But most enter the working world with little understanding of how to pursue a successful career. They have poor career sense, or none at all. They begin their career with little idea about what a successful career looks like, let alone what are the most important things they should do to achieve one. That this happens after four years of university education is crazy! It’s no wonder why so many young people are lost, confused, scared, frustrated, and uncertain about their future.
For instance, does your university education help you understand . . .
1.What do good bosses and good companies value and pay attention to most when assessing top talent?
2.What separates below average, good, and outstanding candidates in their eyes?
3.What are the things that will most help you stand out over others in your career?
4.What does a role or situation you seek really look like or involve?
5.What are the key capabilities and qualities you need to perform well in roles you want to pursue?
6.What you should be doing today that will most help you develop yourself for those roles you want to take on tomorrow?
7.How to choose a job, company, industry, or career track that fits you well?
8.How to recognize a good or bad job opportunity?
9.How to attain your career objectives.
大多数的答案你都不知道。可如果不知道这些事情，你又怎能拥有成功的职业呢？难极了。这就是为什么职商对你的成功会如此重要。我甚至就此写了两本书，分别是《知己知彼》和《How To Develop Yourself As A Future Executive, Today》。这就是为什么我创办了职商网www.zhishangwang.com，希望借此帮助人们培养职商。
Most likely, it doesn’t. But how do you have a successful career without know these things? It’s very difficult. That’s why having career sense is so critical to your success. It’s so important that I even wrote two books on this topic, Know The Game, Play The Game and How To Develop Yourself As A Future Executive, Today. And why I also launched a website, www.zhishangwang.com that helps people develop theirs.
Learn from the experience of others to develop your career sense
By the way, if you’re a university student and want to develop your career sense, it’s not going to happen on campus. You need to interact with people in the working world. That’s why many university students who do internships make better career choices, perform better in interviews, and graduate with more confidence once they start working. Frankly, you can learn more that will benefit your career in a good internship than you can from four years of attending class. Just ask someone who has the chance to work with good people in a good job situation.
When you do get a chance to be in such a situation, don’t be shy or passive. Take advantage of your opportunity to ask those around you:
1.What do you like/dislike about what you do？
2.What do you like/dislike about working in this industry?
3.What do you like/dislike about working in this type of company (e.g. multinational, small/mid-size/big company, start-up, local company, etc.)?
4.What capabilities and qualities are most important for your success?
5.How did you go about choosing this job/company/industry?
6.What are the things I should consider if I also wanted to do what you do?
7.What should I be doing/paying attention to now if I want to pursue this career?
If you do this, your career sense is going to improve a lot. Because when it comes to pursuing and achieving success, you don’t need to reinvent, discover, or figure out new ways to do something well. Best practices, good habits, and smart approaches exist already. So the best way to improve your career sense is to identify and learn from those who are already successful at what you’re also interested in becoming successful at too. Just observe, understand, and copy how they do it well. Seek out their advice and insights. Make use of their experience.
This is how you raise your career sense and ability to attain your career objectives.It’s the fastest, most effective way to develop your understanding of what it takes to achieve whatever success you want to pursue in the future.返回