6 Types of Questions They Don’t Give an Answer to in College (But Should)

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6 Types of Questions They Don’t Give an Answer to in College (But Should)

In college life, you are always brimming with ideas as you want to explore and learn everything. You are eager to learn new study skills and work on their key strengths. You want to learn all those things that would help you in the future and excel in your respective careers. Students aspire to become doctors, engineers, lawyers, writers, and learned men by enrolling in the respective coursework. But when they complete their degree, they fear entering the practical world. 

You feel inadequately experienced in front of other learned and experienced professionals who are serving the company. College life only tells you the success stories of other people who are already making a mark in the professional career. When your turn comes to prove your worth to the world, not all college grads are well-equipped and well-trained to take the pressures of the corporate world. While developing the habit of reading textbooks and getting good grades must be your aim, it is quite the opposite in the real-world. Let us take you through some fantastic skills, not every college teaches you.

How to Manage Time Effectively?

Moving from a college career to a practical world means that you will face difficulty in time management. This will result in undue stress, unsatisfied relationships, which will lead to unhappy lives. If you are good at managing your time, then you can easily ace through your day, fulfilling all-important tasks without feeling stressed out. You will start enjoying your 9-5 job. While the skills you learn in college teach the importance of time, they seldom teach you how to manage your time. It is important to manage the time efficiently, or else you will not perform your tasks at work the right way. 

If you are not careful, you will start neglecting important tasks and give undue attention to trivial matters. It could lead to unfinished jobs, more stress, and inefficiency in handling personal relationships. For a doctor, critical thinking is important, and you must learn how to handle medical emergencies at the hospital. However, when the doctor comes home, he must act like a caring father or a dutiful son and be there for his loved ones. This can only happen if the doctor knows how to give quality time and effectively handle tasks. If he is absent-minded at work, not only will his work suffer, but his personal life will also face its adverse effects. If you are an educator, dentist, or work in an office, your office hours will be different. You must know how to manage your time efficiently, whatever your working hours maybe.

How to Manage Your Finances and Budgeting?

If you are a recent college graduate, the chances are that you know nothing about managing personal finances. You may also apply for financial aid without a clue know how to save and invest. Just like juggling with time can create unnecessary stress on you and your health, similarly, if you don’t know how to manage your own finances, it can make your life difficult. There are ways to manage your finances. 

Getting a degree in finance can only take you so far. Even if you had your accounting majors, you would face quite some difficulty managing your finances appropriately when entering the practical world. There are a few tips to help you make a budget:

  • Handling taxes, paying them on time, applying for home loans, buying a car, investing in projects are all included in personal finance, which you should learn; 
  • You must learn to save money; 
  • It is not always important to find a high-paying first job. While the skills you learn in college equip you to find the best high-paying job, it is unnecessary to get the most lucrative job offer; 
  • You can earn a nominal amount; however, if you are good at saving bucks and using your finances smartly, you can succeed; 
  • Learn how to invest your hard-earned money in the right projects. If you start investing from a very young age, you can save big time and become successful.

How to Become a Team Member?

The skills you learn in college doesn’t tell you how to become an effective team member. While you mention that you are a great team player in your cover letter, it is important to learn the right traits and improve your interpersonal skills to succeed. Whatever career path you take, teamwork is inevitable. 

While working in a large multinational company, you will have to work with cross-functional teams and corroborate them on many matters. The ability to communicate with a large group of people is what you can learn at work. As each day at work unfolds new challenges, you will become better at managing your interpersonal skills. A good team and hard work are important. Here are a few tips to become an efficient team member.

  • Delegate tasks and keep your team informed about any changes; 
  • Keep your coworkers motivated and energetic to deliver the task at hand; 
  • Share a special bond with your team members; 
  • Try to build a foundation of trust; 
  • Learn to have a good temperament and be diplomatic and tactful; 
  • Learn to be polite and win hearts; 
  • Effective communication skills are the linchpin to all that. 

How to Be Independent?

Although you think you are independent in high school, you are quite dependent. You are dependent on paying your college fees on time. Your parents are there to pay for your tuition fees and also provide you with general support. You can’t handle the pressures of the world on your own. Full-time college students think that since they can hang out with their friends on their own, they have become independent. Some students think that managing study groups helps them become independent. 

Real independence and freedom come with greater responsibility. It also comes with managing finances on your own. When you pay your monthly bills, house rent, and maintain the car on your own, then you can claim to be independent. In the real corporate world, you must be independent in taking all important decisions, handling pressures, and managing finances. There will be no support as given by your parents and family during your college experience. The more independent you are, the better your decisions are. Your self-esteem gets a boost as well.

How to Build Your Networking and Negotiation Skills?

Networking is perhaps the greatest trait that helps you excel in the practical world. It would help if you learned to network. This will help you develop your business, and if you are working for any company, you can easily make a name for your company by developing relationships. 

You never know who might be helpful to you. Nurture your relationships. Like you will have to maintain a decent work environment, you must also build your network to allow more people to engage with you. As the adage goes, the more, the merrier; The more relationships you foster, the better and successful your life will be. Creating a network and maintaining it is something you won’t be taught at school. You will have to manage and learn it on your own when you enter the real world. 

Just like building a proper network of relationships is important, learning how to negotiate and win a deal is equally important. Make sure you can negotiate a win-win situation. Never go for short-term gains, or you will only regret it. Always think of preparing a long-term plan. 

Negotiate your salary if you are going to join any company. Don’t just say yes to any offer you get. You will master the art of negotiation with each passing day. Real-world teaches more than textbooks would ever do. You have to negotiate in almost everything in life. From negotiating about your salary, car loan to negotiating a deal, everything banks upon your negotiation skills. If you are good at the craft, you can win major deals for your company and succeed. None of the skills you learn in college teach you that.

How to Learn Life Skills?

Your attitude matters the most when entering the real world. Keep a learner’s attitude. Be energetic and always happy to learn new things in life. Make sure to adapt to the ever-changing trends and advancements in technology. The better you are at learning new traits, the more you can contribute to your company. As soon as college life ends, it doesn’t mean that learning has stopped. It always helps to make reading your habit. Spare 30 mins each day to read. The more books you read, the better you become at learning. 

Moreover, at work also keep this attitude of learning and acquiring new information from anyone you find. You can also learn a thing or two from your subordinates. Learn as you go and from everyone and anyone. Don’t ever feel that you know everything. Being humble and down-to-earth will take you a long way. Keep reading, learning, and acquiring new knowledge. There is no harm in admitting you don’t know about something. The more humble you are, the better your learning attitude you will have. You can also enroll in various courses to keep yourself abreast with the latest technology trends.

While participating in extracurricular activities, maintaining a GPA is important; it is not enough to succeed in the practical world. Master yourself in the above areas before beginning your career to be successful in practical life.

Originally published Jan 29, 2021, updated Feb 16, 2021

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