If you have any doubts about whether you should read Career-ology, consider these common misunderstandings:
Myth #1: I will get these skills from my employer and as part of my day-to-day job.
You will probably not receive training in all of these skills. Even if you do, how will you continue to hone them once the specific training is complete? If your employer does provide this type of training, your colleagues are also being trained. How will you differentiate yourself?
Myth #2: My job or career is __________ . (Fill in the blank with your position). The skills in this book don’t apply in my situation.
The skills and concepts presented in this book apply to all industries, professions, and roles—from entry-level to the C-suite. You may use some skills more frequently than others, but they are all important.
Myth #3: I already know this “stuff.”
You may have been introduced to these skills and concepts. You may even have acquired a working knowledge, but you have not mastered these skills as a new professional. Most successful professionals will say they practice and improve their skills throughout their entire careers. Professionals who believe they are finished learning will not be successful. Those who believe in and practice lifelong learning, however, will always find opportunities and success. Approaching your career with the right mindset could make the difference between simply having a job and having a successful career.
Myth #4: I took a public speaking or a business writing class while in college. I don’t need those chapters.
See the answer to Myth #3 above.