Learning from books is valuable but will only get you so far in life. The "school of hard knocks" is an effective teacher, and offers different lessons than in the halls of academia. Both sets of lessons are valuable and even necessary in the workplace. Here are some hard-knock lessons that universities should consider adding to the curriculum:
In the great debate about whether internships are really just a way for employers to take advantage of free labor, people forget that an internship is not, or should not be, an entry-level job.
Critical thinking is a valuable life skill that we often develop during our school years. Many of the most successful among us earned well-rounded, higher educations and the ability to think critically.
There is a fine line between networking or following up on a job lead, and stalking a potential employer. Don't be the guy in the clown suit that appears outside the window at night.
Work isn't always easy. Difficult bosses, difficult clients, and feeling trapped at work may lead to depression and other health problems. Building resiliency helps you maintain both physical and psychological health.
If having to give a presentation at work makes you feel a bit queasy, you might not be sick. Instead, you might be a bit shy. You, too, can become an effective speaker.
The differences between the rich and the poor go beyond their pocketbooks. The psychology of the rich is different than the psychology of the poor. The big question might be, are they born or made?
On September 1, 2012, the city of Seattle's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance went into effect. Over a year later, business is booming in Seattle.
Workers over the age of 50 have their own unique set of problems to overcome, but there are ways for older job seekers to find work that suits them.
It might not be for everybody, but coroners make good money and perform a much-needed service at a difficult time. If you have the emotional sensitivity and physical aptitude, consider a career as a coroner.
We've all been there: stuck in another endless meeting, pinching ourselves to stay awake, daydreaming about all the productive things we could be doing instead. It doesn't have to be this way.
Want to become paranoid? Read this article. Never again will you assume that somebody said "thank you" because they're nice or have good manners. From now on, you'll have to wonder if they're trying to control your behavior with positive reinforcement.
Sometimes seemingly successful people suffer from imposter syndrome, which is the belief that one's accomplishments are due to breaks or good luck, instead of natural talent and learned skill.
You go home, you remove your shoes, pour a glass of wine, and log on to social media sites to catch up with the latest news from your friends and to look at cat pictures. The next morning, your boss wants your social media passwords.
The more you understand people, the easier it becomes to give them what they want, and set them up to give you what you want. Use social psychology to your advantage in the workplace.
Timing is everything. Ask for a raise at the right time and for the right reasons, and you just might get it.