Chapter 1 Extra Readings

Reading the articles, “MBA Skills” and “How to Get Hired” really hit home for me. I think it’s so true that most of us students really feel we have what it takes to be successful once we graduate, but it goes much further than having the book smarts. These days relationships are so important, and whether or not you are successful really does depend on how you interact with others and the connections you are able to make. Competition is so huge these days that the thing that separates one person or company from another is the way they treat a client, and if they are able to build a strong, and lasting relationship. My dad works in HR and has always tried to tell me how important this topic is, but I think the best way to get someone to understand it is for them to experience it firsthand. The “soft skills” that were discussed in the article aren’t really things that can be taught, but come more from experiencing different day-to-day situations and practicing the correct actions that should be taken.

I found it really interesting learning what recruiters look for in job applicants; they aren’t worried about your GPA or the grades you received in school, they want to know what you value and if your personality will fit with the company. You can be the smartest, most creative person, but if you can’t effectively communicate and describe your thoughts then all that knowledge goes to waste. I feel like one of their biggest concerns, unprofessional writing, can be largely explained by the way the younger generation uses technology. The way we text, e-mail and IM each other is such a casual, informal way of communication and many people don’t realize that this type of communication is inappropriate for the professional setting.

I think the moral behind these articles is that just because you graduate with a well-recognized degree, doesn’t mean you will automatically be successful. Becoming a well-known and respected business person takes time and a lot of hard work; having humility and being able to relate to and connect with those around you are steps in the right direction.

After reading the Wall Street Journal article about Kenneth W. Monfort College, I realized that the faculty there understands the importance of preparing their students for the “real world”, and what it takes to be successful after graduating. They made personal connections with the students by creating smaller classrooms, and gave the students all the opportunities they needed to be successful in the workplace.

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