"It's not what you know, it's who you know"

Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2015   /   Categories: Leadership

When in college, you are supposed to be learning all the essentials that you need to know to prepare you for the real world.  But the real world is a lot harder than taking weekly exams and writing 20-page papers. 

Once you graduate college, you wish to find a job that you can use the knowledge and skills that you obtained from going to class 18 hours of the week while working a part-time retail/waitress job. 

You’ve gotten your resume looking the best that it can, thanks to that business etiquette class you were required to take and you get some interviews lined up.  You dress in your Sunday-best and practice the potential questions you might be asked in the mirror.  

This is the one! This is the perfect job and you have all the skills you need to tackle this job interview with precision.  Then that dreaded question that ALWAYS comes up, “What experience do you have?” Greeeaaaaat……you spent all your time in class and working that lousy part-time job that you don’t have any real-time experience.  So there goes the perfect job that you could have rocked.

You need experience to get a job with your degree.  But how are you supposed to get the experience you need without first getting a job?  School can only prepare you for so much, but someone has to have faith that you know what you’re doing and give you the chance that you deserve.  

That’s why they preach about networking in class and why they require you to go to different events.  The teachers are trying to get you to connect with people outside of school to better your chances of “knowing” someone who can give you that chance once you graduate. 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from working at the Chamber, it’s that networking is the key to success. 

Written by: Sarah Schrock


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