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What You Haven’t Learned in School? How to Survive at Work

No one can discredit the importance of education, but schooling only gets you so far. Even if you worked part-time during college or completed an internship, you have no idea what you are in for once you start working full-time. College or specialty schools only give you the skills and information that you need to complete specific tasks in your job. College does not prepare you for what you actually encounter and face in your job. If you want to survive at work, you need to learn the tricks that make you the best employee possible.

The first thing you should learn is to dress appropriately for your job. Some people say that you should dress for the job that you want and not the job you have, but this is potentially risky. If you wear suits on a regular basis, while your co-workers wear jeans, you might draw too much attention to yourself. Take note of how your co-workers dress and present themselves at work and use that as inspiration. Spend time in the morning making yourself presentable and present a professional front. If you wear the wrong type of clothing, your supervisor might overlook you for any potential promotions.

Forming relationships is an important part of surviving in a new job. Even though you might not hang out with your co-workers after work or on weekends, you should still form relationships with those people. You should also attempt to form a relationship with your supervisors or bosses. The only way to get through the day is if you can work comfortably with others. When you set yourself apart from the group, you risk alienating your co-workers. The next time that you need support for a new idea, those co-workers might just look the other way.

I’ve been making a list of the things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.

NEIL GAIMAN 

College teaches you skills and how to complete tasks, but it does not teach you how to promote yourself. The only way that you can get ahead in your career field is by promoting your talents. The way that you promote yourself depends on your exact field. You might promote yourself by seeking out new clients or bringing sales from new clients into your business. You might promote yourself by making yourself available to customers and answering any questions that they have. You can even get ahead by taking the initiative and doing the jobs that your co-workers do not want to do.

To gain success in your career, you must take responsibility for your actions. You cannot expect to succeed if you simply do what your supervisor assigns to you. You must be willing to step up to the plate and go beyond your basic tasks. When your supervisor points out something particularly good that you did, make sure that you explain you did it yourself or with help from your co-workers. Only take responsibility for the things that you did and do take away from the work of your co-workers. Do not be afraid to take responsibility for the things that you did wrong either, as your supervisors might view it as a learning experience.

How to Learn Working with Computer

Most businesses require some level of computer skills these days. You don’t have to be fluent in Facebook to be employed, but you should have some basic knowledge of how to use a computer. The ability to read an email is going to be a valuable skill. How do you go about learning these basic computer skills if you have not already learned them?

Find A Good Teacher

Anyone under the age of 30 should be able to help you learn how to use a computer. It shouldn’t take you more than an hour or so to understand the basics of how to use a computer. Typing, email use and the ability to use Word should come a lot easier to you after this session. Exploring on your own can accelerate the rate at which you learn new computer skills.

Take Classes at A Community College

What should you do if you need to learn slightly more advanced skills? Some employers will expect that you know the basics of social networking and maybe SEO. While it is still relatively easy to learn, these skills might take more than a single session to fully understand. Find a night course at your local community college and you will learn what you need to know in short order. Your employer might even pay for the classes.

The computer should be doing the hard work. That’s what it’s paid to do, after all.
                                                       Larry Wall

Get Help Online

There are a variety of forums and information centres that you can access online. These resources can help you out with any questions you may have while using your computer. It can be a great way for a novice to explore and learn at his or her own pace. Trying to force someone to learn more than they can handle at any one time is just never going to work out well.

Learning how to use a computer can drastically improve your chances at getting a job. Most career fields are going to need you to use a computer to do your job. Learning how to use a computer can also introduce you to a new technology while you improve your job prospects. Don’t be afraid of computers because you do not understand how to use them. There are plenty of resources available to help you improve your skills.

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