What College Doesn’t Teach You about the Real World

For all the time and expense involved and for all the talk about how a college degree will help you land a job and make a higher salary, there sure are a lot of important things that many college curriculum don’t teach you about how to excel in the working world. Here are a few unpleasant truths that many college students find themselves discovering once they’ve landed their first real jobs.

Many jobs do not require nearly as much intelligent thought as school does: This can be a huge letdown. Finding a job that challenges you intellectually will be something you have to fight to find, as it will not be handed to you. This often will mean expanding your own job description or lo

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6 Responses to What College Doesn’t Teach You about the Real World

  1. Steven says:

    Every word in this post, and the puncuation, is the truth.

    I have to say, the only thing I learned in college is I learned how to learn.

    Everything else, including how to take care of myself financially and spiritually, came from experience.

    Wonderful post.

  2. minny says:

    One of the things I remember (in addition to the above mentioned) was being used to a lot of holiday time and suddenly being expected to work for months with no holiday was very hard.

  3. Siobhan says:

    This post is what I’ve been learning since I left school, 10 years ago. Even university didn’t prepare me for the workforce. I find myself struggling to enjoy working and getting quite depressed, wondering how I could be so bad at it, when I was so good at school. It’s quite a shock and one which I hope to better prepare my own children for. I wish schools took more responsibility for educating people on what they’ll need to know for the rest of their lives. I would love to be a part of changing this problem, rather than just whingeing about it and doing nothing.

  4. Meaghan says:

    This is so true! Nothing really prepares you for the “real world”. You just have to go out and live it to figure it out. Posts like this help take away some of the shock!

  5. KP says:

    Here’s a real question. Why the hell do colleges insist on not thoroughly teaching their undergraduates software and programs that are a necessity for certain careers? For the money they get, they should be walking you from A-Z how to efficiently work with SAP or Microsoft Vizio and etc… Almost every graduate can’t say they can efficiently use something basic like Words/Powerpoint/Excel… This is just plain sad. I had to teach myself how to work with SAP and Vizio and I graduated with an HR Bachelors. These programs are basic and necessities to the HR world… Why was I not taught these things???!?! Instead of those pointless classes that are “requirements” and “prerequisites” that do absolutely nothing but frustrate the hell out of you when you’re sitting in class listening to a professor lecture on Greek Gods… they should be spoon-feeding you knowledge of information you’re going to need pursuing specific careers… technical type of information and skills that will serve you a world of benefits later on.

  6. Worker, College grad, Class of 2007 says:

    All very true.

    College does not teach you how hard life is. You leave college, with hopes and dreams of being rich…for a while there as a recent graduate I was actulally more poor…

    Working is very boring, and the demands of clients, and boss is so very hard sometimes…….I miss the days of sleeping in til 1pm to go to my 2pm class…writing papers, learning, going to different classes every semester, and just being on campus.

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