Teachers are special people who taught us that no dream is too big and we can never jump too high. Teachers are our mentors, cheerleaders, and even best friends. Not only have they sacrificed so much to help us grow into the successful adults we are today, but also they fostered our hopes and dreams.
Because of all this, it’s essential for us to recognize how they’ve truly impacted our lives.
Here are 10 valuable lessons our teachers taught us about our careers and job search:
1. Writing is the most important skill you can have.
No matter how much job-related experience you have, your writing skills are going to take you extremely far in your career. That pesky writing prompts your teacher had you complete had a useful purpose. Because of all those writing assignments, you are now a creative thinker and have the ability to write well.
Whether you’re now writing emails or your resume, writing is a very important skill your teachers were able to provide you with for your career.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
You probably remember your teacher always telling you that no question is a stupid question. Well, this concept actually continues throughout your entire career.
Although your bosses will expect you to try to find an answer first, they will always be willing to help you during any situation.
3. You have to be a team player.
Remember all the classroom ice breakers or group projects? Your teacher was only preparing you for what you’ll experience throughout your career. It doesn’t matter which job you select; there will always be an essence of teamwork.
You need to have the ability to work well with others, and that’s why your teacher continuously had you work in pairs or small groups.
4. Recess is all about networking.
Recess was always a great time to break away from the classroom to burn off that excess energy. Even better, the playground was where many of us made our closest friends.
Teachers want their students to know how to interact with people. By forcing us into recess, we were able to gain valuable networking skills.
5. You have to learn to take risks.
A huge part of learning is the risks you’re willing to take. If you want to gain valuable experience, you have to be ready to chase your dreams and pursue your biggest ideas.
Teachers always encourage their students to think “outside the box,” and because of this, some of us have transformed into innovative and creative thinkers.
6. The font you choose describes a lot about you.
Remember when your teacher would use Comic Sans back in the fifth grade? Well hopefully after attending college, your professors told you Comic Sans isn’t always the right font to choose for a professional document.
When writing your resume and cover letter, always remember to select the right font because it says a lot about you as a job seeker.
7. Experience is more important than grades.
Of course your teachers wanted you to have excellent grades, but in reality, good grades don’t guarantee you a gold star in life. Your teacher wanted you to experience things outside the classroom through field trips and hands-on activities.
These are the things in life that genuinely shape your experience and improve you has an individual.
8. Tardiness will get you nowhere in life.
Actually, in the grown-up world, tardiness will get you fired. Remember all the times your teacher threatened to send you and your classmates to detention if you were tardy more than three times in the school year? Well, he or she had very good intentions!
You’ll discover in the workforce that some employers have zero tolerance for tardiness, which could end up costing you your job if you’re late.
9. Don’t complain, especially on Facebook.
Sure, while back in the day you didn’t have Facebook, your teachers taught you not to complain about anything. Complaining never gets you ahead of the game because it only hurts your positive attitude.
The same applies to you as a job seeker. Never complain about your current or previous job or boss. Period. It will only end up haunting you.
10. There are no shortcuts to success.
You have to work hard continious to get what you want. Teachers around the world only expect the very best of their students. This isn’t just because they want their students to behave or simply earn good grades.
Teachers genuinely care about the success of their students, which is something you should always remember when looking into your future. You have to work hard and put in the extra effort to achieve your goals. There are absolutely no shortcuts when it comes to achieving your dreams.
Let’s take a moment to thank our teachers for the valuable lessons they’ve taught us. Not only did they shape us into the adults we are today, but also they provided us with the skills we need to land the jobs of our dreams.
What did you learn from your teacher about your job search and career?