June 05, 2017
Using your degree in your everyday work
By: Victoria Ng

It’s true! You can call on your exam cramming, assignment sharing, and caffeine chugging days to help you excel in your everyday work.

For those of us who aren’t developers, coders, or even IT-jargon knowledgeable, you’ve probably wondered if you’ll ever use what you learned in your degree for a Technology Company. It’s one of the most common questions that I get from those transitioning from study to work. The short answer…is no - little surprise having studied Science; most of my technical knowledge mostly paves way for interesting conversations around the water cooler.

Using your degree in your everyday work

The long answer is your degree provides opportunity for real life and on-the job experiences to hone certain tasks and skills. 70% of learning and development is thought to be attributed to these experiences, 20% is from feedback from observing and working with role models, and 10% from formal training1 .

Projects are a highly collaborative endeavour, and in my current role, I’m in a unique position where I need to work with members of other project teams. This sometimes means leading, and other times following, monitoring progress, but overall being able to effectively work with others to meet deadlines and achieve common goals. I also on average receive around 1000+ emails a week. And I call on a huge arsenal of ‘soft skills’ such as time management, adaptability, and critical thinking to help me successfully get through the work week.

Using your degree in your everyday work

Education provides a platform to boost the many sought out skills that employers are looking for. Studies still suggest that in a variety of professions, entry level employees were lacking in “soft skills” such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. These skills are what will get you the job – and help you keep it.

You’ll find that Accenture encompasses people with vast array of skills and backgrounds, which brings diversity and a vibrancy to the way work is achieved.

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