How To Apply Study Skills To Real Life Work


Black-woman-thinking_photobucket_free-useA lot of students claim that what they learn during school and university is not relevant once they start in the workforce.

You may not learn how to pay your taxes, or apply for insurance, but many skills that you learn throughout your time studying are transferable to work.

The following six themes cover a broad range of skills that you will, ideally, gain from your time in class and study, whether you study a bookkeeping course, or a plumbing apprenticeship. You can then apply these to any position you take on in the future.

1. Prioritizing

When studying multiple subjects and juggling your social and personal life, it’s imperative that you prioritize your to-do list.

Learning this is not only beneficial to getting your study done, but it is also applicable to the workforce. It is unlikely that you will have just one task to work on throughout your work life, and so the ability to prioritize your ever-expanding to-do list is paramount to succeeding in any role.

2. Time Management

Prioritising goes hand in hand with time management.

You learn time management during your independent study sessions where how long you spend is completely up to you and how well you do is in your hands. When you move into the workforce, time management will be one of the main skills that you will need. As you are given multiple tasks within your position, you will have to prioritize every task and decide how long to spend on each one.
For example: stocking shelves in a retail position.

  1. You will need to know when the shipment of products comes in so that you can organize your other tasks around this time, maximizing your time to ensure everything gets done.
  2. You will need to know how much product is coming in with the shipment, so that you leave enough time to get everything out before you finish.
  3. You will need to make sure that you keep an eye out for customers in case they have enquiries whilst you are stocking the shelves.

Being able to effectively manage your time will go a long way to helping you get things done and thrive in the workplace.

3. Asking the Right Questions

When you first start out with studying, you ask as many questions as possible, and as soon as you think about them. Once you have had a couple of go’s, you learn to phrase your questions differently to get the most information out of one question.

Once you are in the workforce, it is rare that your co-workers will have time to answer a million questions, so being able to ask the right questions will save time and will get you the information you need.

For example: remembering client details

Instead of asking for each separate client’s details “what is this client’s name? And their login details? And their..”, ask a bigger question like: “what are the primary details that I need to know for all of my clients?”

You should then write all of this down

4. Writing Everything Down!

Throughout your studying lifetime, you will learn the importance of writing everything down.

Something what is said offhand may end up being in an exam that counts for 70% of your overall grade. The same applies to the workforce.

People aren’t there to explain every small detail to you and so writing everything down will benefit you in the future when your brain has become overloaded with new information and that pass-code to the office has been forgotten.

Writing important information down applies to every field of work as we are but mere humans who can only hold so much information in our brains.


5. How to Retain Important Information

Some of what you will learn during study can be irrelevant to your situation, learning to filter this information out, and retain what is relevant, is a very handy skill to have. The workforce is the same. You will hear a lot of things throughout the office that may or may not be useful to your position. Being able to remember what information will benefit you will go a long way to helping you perform well.

For example: your co-workers are talking about a project.

  1. You may overhear them discuss problems with a design project, and you know that it isn’t part of your role as marketing assistant so you can dismiss this information.
  2. However, you may hear someone mention a meeting that the manager is at. This is helpful information should someone ask where the manager is as you will be able to aid them.

Learning the relevant information before being specifically told it can save a lot of time for you, as well as your co-workers and potentially clients/customers.

6. Empathy

Throughout your time studying, you will go through an emotional roller coaster that comes with time constraints, knowledge cramming, and loss of a social life. Once it’s over, you will have dealt with these emotions enough to know that you can make it through. Moving on to the workforce, there will be these exact emotions during stressful and busy times, and all of your co-workers will need your empathy. Having experienced these exact emotions means that you will be able to be empathetic toward the situation at hand, allowing you and your co-workers to collaborate in a more effective manner.

For example: a project due date has arrived.

You, and everyone else working on the project, will be stressing and making sure that they have everything done. Being empathetic toward everyone who is in the same boat as you will help lower stress levels and avoid in-house arguments.

Having empathy for your co-workers will probably help with your popularity also!

All of these skills, and more, that you have started to learn throughout studying will be honed throughout your lifetime in the workforce. If used right, they will see you succeed in your chosen field, but are applicable to all types of positions.



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