789-Skills Over Knowledge

Episode: 789

Episode Title: Skills Over Knowledge


Building professional skills is vital to thrive in the modern workforce, and that holds true no matter where you are in your career. Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.


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This is The Perna Syndicate—welcome back! There is often the perception that high school graduates will struggle entering the workforce. And it’s true, the transition from formal education to the workplace is not always easy. It can be a tough transition after college, to join the ranks of the gainfully employed and start making your mark on the world of work. 


Too often our education system is focused on cramming knowledge, rather than learning and then deploying skills. Employers don’t care about what you know, they care about what you can do.


For example, employers value what I call “professional skills” in employees. These skills include communicating effectively in the workplace, problem solving, showing leadership, taking ownership, and working well with team members, to name a few. 


These are all skills that can be taught. With the right training and support, especially at the start of a new job, a motivated employee can make great strides in becoming the consummate professional they want to be. 


Parents can play a role in helping to prepare their kids to enter the workforce, whether that’s after high school or upon college graduation. The secret is to promote a mindset shift that prioritizes what you can learn over what you already know


As I tell audiences everywhere, it’s not where you start in life, but where you end up that matters. And it’s your mindset that will ultimately get you there.


Thank you for tuning in to The Perna Syndicate today. Tomorrow we’ll continue the discussion on how parents can support their kids’ career journey. I will see you then!

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