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5 Business Lessons You Won’t Learn in School


College is a great place to learn about your desired profession and gain the skills to help you get there. However, there are a few things about the business world that college will fail to teach you. Check out the five business lessons you won’t learn in the classroom.

1. Business is Methodical

In college, you likely crammed as much information into your brain during a two-week period when all your exams took place and your final assignments were due. In the real world, you will have to learn how to do things at a slower and more methodical pace. You will need a schedule and strategy, and learn how to slow down your brain to think at a less frantic pace.

2. Get More From Your Major

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What you learn in college is more than just what you’ve read in books; you’ll also come out of it with a new set of skills that you might not know of yet. For example, English majors will be better communicators. Learn what these new skills are and use them to your advantage.

3. Electives are Important

Electives are a great way to explore your interests outside of your core classes. You may have learned something entirely new about yourself and obtained a new set of skills. Use these skills to your advantage in the business world.

4. Learn From Group Projects

Everyone hates group projects in college — there is always that someone who doesn’t carry their own weight but gets the same grade as those who put in hours of work. Learn from these experiences and take them with you into your career. When hiring team members, you will be able to recognize the skills of a good leader and of those who work well in teams.

5. Keep Learning, for Free

College might be over, but the learning should always be continuous. But this doesn’t mean you have to get right back to taking courses. You can learn by reading, getting involved with others in the industry and seeking out advice from mentors.

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We want to hear from you! What are some other business lessons you won’t learn in a college classroom? Share your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments!

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