When I attended college at Wake Forest, I worked hard to get good grades so that I could get a job. Unfortunately, many students still believe that’s the path to success.
I searched for a job for two years before I got an offer. I landed plenty of interviews and they seemed to go well, but I couldn’t understand why I never got over the final hurdle. Looking back now, the reason is clear.
Companies didn’t think I had the right skills.
Regardless of what stage you’re at in your career, you should never value your accomplishments or title over the skills you bring to the table.
3 Reasons Why You Should Improve Your Career Skills:
Skills = Production = Income
You might not be too proud of your job title today, but that’s okay. Aren’t you after more money, anyway? Superior skills will take you there – not fancy titles.
Skills lead to production and production leads to income. People leverage their titles to land positions with higher salaries all the time. But, if the skills don’t support the salary, how long can that last?
The last thing you want to do is chase a job title that you don’t have the skills to fulfill. You might just end up taking steps backward in your career, not forward.
Versatility is key
It’s always nice to plan out your career and follow it like a road map. As much as we’d like to predict the future, life is unpredictable. Our circumstances, desires, environment, and the people around us are constantly changing.
You want to provide value in as many ways as possible. Building your skill set keeps you versatile.
I’m not saying you should start job-hopping, but the next time you have an opportunity that’s outside your comfort zone, think twice before refusing it.
If you’re not improving, you’re falling behind
The money you earn does not happen in a vacuum. If someone can replace you for less money, most companies will gladly make that arrangement. Only constant improvement can make sure you stay ahead of the competition.
So what’s more important… your skills or your title?
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