Most people do not get their dream job right out of school; and those that do spend a considerable amount of time and effort pursuing that goal. Frequently people will need to start at the proverbial bottom of the ladder and work their way up. Do not let this discourage you. There are valuable skills that you will learn along your journey.
Generally speaking, experience always trumps education. Education provides important foundations, but there is a difference between theory and application. This is one of the prime areas where the Workforce Recruitment Program can help. Through WRP, someone with the proper academic instruction can transform their knowledge into applied experience.
There are several other areas of experience that can be enhanced as well. Knowledge can be gained in every aspect of any job in any field. Whether you are gaining firsthand experience doing what you want or contributing in another area, you can still glean valuable information.
One such skill that will be strengthened is written and verbal communication. Writing term papers and doing research projects while in school is part of the process of preparing someone for corporate survival. However, you must also have “people skills”; or what I prefer to call personal management. Everyone needs to know how to function in any organizational structure.
The WRP program will enable someone to enrich both their personal management and communication skills through their job experience. You will be able to examine the communication styles of those around you, including your coworkers and superiors, and will begin to develop your own style. In addition, the size, scope, and structure of the organization will determine an enormous amount of what will be written. There are e-mails, communiqués, analyses, summaries, reports, and odds are specific industry/segment forms. The larger and more established a firm is, the more likely they are to have set formats. One of the most important things I can stress is this – there will always be an audience to write to. You could be writing to a manager, supervisor, board, or committee. You could be writing for one person or many, know your audience. In time you will learn and understand the basic structure of your organization and how to thrive in it.
Your confidence will increase over time too. It is critical to remember that this confidence is tantamount to success. Show your self-assurance about your skills and motivation, even if you cannot yet do your job tasks as well as you would like. When you are positive about yourself, your supervisors will also feel positive about you. This could lead to greater opportunities to prove yourself and advance. Ultimately a positive attitude and confidence can make all the difference while you gain the practical knowledge you need to master your job.
Editor’s Note: The author, Kevin Sheil is a former Workforce Recruitment Program intern who now works as a Wage Hour Investigator for the Wage and Hour Division. This is the second of a series of posts by Mr. Sheil highlighting the various skills, abilities, and knowledge that can be acquired through the WRP.