Stuck in a College Mindset After Graduation

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Perhaps you have been told that success depends on the choosing the right college major, getting into the best college or getting good grades?

Sounds right?
This advice actually has no value in the real-world and as a matter of fact, it just ain’t true!

I’m really not knocking down your college degree, the recognition you gain from a top-rated college or the value of getting a 4.0 GPA.

No, just pointing you in the right direction …

The moment you get out of college, your college major, degree or GPA becomes history because you are now running a different race!

The sad fact, is that some professionals are still stuck in that old college race even though they have graduated!

They are stuck with a college mindset because their thinking is that …

if they choose the correct college major or get a masters degree or enroll
for an MBA or another college degree … they can automatically qualify for business analysts / project
managers, computer programmers jobs, etc.

They have believed a lie.

Having one college degree (regardless of the major) is what matters because you will only get to use a fraction of your college education … out there in the real world.

If you are one of the lucky few, you will realize that the skills used on the job like: verbal or written communication skills, research and analysis skills, logical and problem solving skills can be gotten from just about any college major, degree or school.

So, How Relevant Is Your College Major?

The information technology industry has already moved to a more open, social learning system where functional, hands-on knowledge developed on the job is valued over rigorous, academic, theoretical qualifications.

Those who miss this are stuck with an irrelevant, traditional mindset.

The good news is that in-spite of your college major, you can qualify for a project management, software developer, technical writer or business analyst job.

Having a business degree does not qualify you for a business analyst job and neither does having a computer science degree qualify you for a computer programmer job.

You can get a computer programmer job with a business / finance / accounting background just as easily as you can get a business analyst job with an engineering or computer science degree.

Why Functional, Hands-On Experience Matters

Employers are hiring for real-world, problem solving skills, strong domain knowledge or industry background or experience and relevant, cutting-edge information as opposed to any type of paper qualification.

If you have these traits, you should have no problem getting hired regardless of your college major.

Write This Down:

Your functional knowledge or hands-on experience is the reason why you get hired for a project management, business analyst or computer programmer job.




3 Responses to "Stuck in a College Mindset After Graduation"

  1. SIJI   January 24, 2012 at 4:40 am

    How to get a lot of handson experience to put my knowledge and skills to work by solving problems that benefit somebody?

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  2. Siji (Great Yarmouth, UK)   January 15, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Will doing a Masters (MS) get me a job?

    Hi,

    I graduated as an Electronics Engineer in 2004.

    Since 2004 I have not worked because of family and health issues.

    Last year I did a certification in A+ but that did not help me to get a job.

    Now I am thinking doing a Masters in computer science in university will get me a job or some training in .net?

    Also some are suggesting that I should do software testing.

    Confused.

    Please help me

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    • ITCareerCoach   January 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

      More Training programs and more post graduate qualifications do not confer jobs because that is a passive attitude … you are hoping, thinking, gambling that if you get this certificate, training, masters degree, you will be seen as a qualified candidate.

      Take a more active attitude. First decide what you want to be and then, learn every thing that is needed to do that job perfectly, then get a lotf of handson experience to prove that you can actually put your knowledge and skills to work by solving problems that benefit somebody.

      If you decide to get a master degree or more training as part of this overall, well thought-out plan, so be it, because your training and masters program will then work in that context.

      Without the proper context, you are just hoping and wishing and gambling 🙂

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