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Why MySpace is Not a Work Skill

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Words to ponder from What Would Dad Say

Why What You Learned in College Doesn’t Work Well @ Work.

Our sales leader, Paul Moquist, is the best sales manager and trainer around. Over the years, I have seen him teach countless young people about sales. It is not uncommon for ex-employees to look him up years after working for him and relate their successes. He is like  the English Literature  teacher you had in high school who had a lasting impact on you.

Anyway…he had an interesting topic yesterday in his daily training session. I will try to paraphrase it here because I think it is relevant to others, too.

In college, he said, you go there to learn lifetime type skills and knowledge that will make you a prepared, contributing citizen. Even so, most people graduate without a clear pathway to a job.

What you do learn in college are how to play video games, use Facebook, MySpace and InstantMessaging. I think it is fair to say that for a lot of college people today, these four things occupy a significant part of their activities. It is fun, it’s a way to maintain contacts with new and old friends…it’s entertainment, even. But it was learned at college, in large degree. Keep in mind, that you were paying for college.

So, now fast forward a few years. You are just getting started at work. Let’s say you are lucky to find a company with a good product line, and a training program for you. This company is now paying you to learn more about their version of ‘work.’ It’s not like college where you paid them, and you chose to practice your MySpace layout skills. This new company of yours is now paying you…and teaching you how to do better work, with the end goal, of course, to make you a contributing employee.

But you learned these other skills in your recent past – the my space instant messaging hey dude my turn at halo – type skills. And it is awfully hard to break these habits.

Just try to remember that these are not work skills. Your mastery of them won’t help you much later. Think about the other things you could be learning and try to stop the addiction while there is still time. Tivo ahead to when you are forty years old, do you want to be a master at MySpace and have more friends than even Tom…or do you want to have some other skills too?

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Base salary MBA candidates expect to earn-2006

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Expected Salary first
job after graduation $
Industry Expected
Salary five
years after
graduation $
103,27498,088

97,563

95,971

95,726

95,342

93,155

92,838

92,809

92,733

91,531

91,432

91,426

90,752

90,220

89,500

89,097

89,043

88,919

88,424

88,326

88,200

87,763

87,743

87,046

87,012

86,962

86,871

86,684

86,667

86,100

85,724

85,592

85,289

85,266

85,178

84,908

84,339

84,027

83,180

82,130

81,394

79,908

79,804

56,531

88,087

Venture capitalInvestment management

Management consulting

Internet/e-commerce

Investment banking

Computer software

Financial services

Energy/power

Biotechnology

Telecommunications

Hospitality

Healthcare/pharmaceutical

Real estate

Computer hardware

Healthcare

Metals

Other

Electronics

Chemical/petroleum

IT consulting

Food service

Utilities

Airline/travel

Academic research

Automotive

Consumer goods

Hotel/restaurant/tourism

Retail/fashion/apparel

Engineering/manufacturing

Forestry/paper/pulp

Entertainment/media/public relations

Network communications/data networking

Insurance

Commercial banking

Government/public service

Engineering consulting

Aerospace/defense

Non-profit

Environmental/conservation

Transportation/distribution/logistics

Agricultural

Construction

Education/teaching

Advertising/public relations

Auditing/accounting/taxation

Average

234,344225,254

195,341

177,324

239,336

173,842

194,733

168,435

160,629

178,493

172,188

158,157

183,755

144,504

159,541

186,800

157,480

144,281

152,453

154,208

176,075

160,385

166,835

173,456

144,606

143,776

143,228

155,552

142,374

139,444

150,435

163,069

175,938

155,832

144,882

133,378

142,212

138,309

130,342

143,083

144,545

141,563

139,554

126,402

92,000

167,052

CNN MONEY

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