What You Learned in High School Can Help You in the Modern Workplace

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It’s a rare person who truly enjoys their time in high school, especially once they find out it’s nothing like what TV said it would be. Waking up early, having finals, the repeated amount of winter fire drills (not really a problem in Los Angeles, but some of us weren’t so lucky to grow up here and came from more northern climes…you think they let you stop by your locker to grab your coat when it’s 15 degrees outside and the fire alarm is ringing? Think again, my friend!)

Ok, so we may be exaggerating the perils of high school slightly but be honest; there were many nights when you were staying up late, cramming for a final the next day that you thought to yourself “I’ll never need to know this, I can’t wait till high school is over!” So yeah, as you’ve by now found out, there are very few instances in adult life where you don’t have access to a calculator to help with basic math, as much as you were threatened in 4th period Pre-Calc that you wouldn’t.

Believe it or not, you have learned a few things since those days, and they’ve helped you succeed in your career. Don’t believe us? Read on smarty pants.

1. Punctuality. Back in our day (when we had to walk barefoot in the snow to get to school) if you came to class late you better have had a hall pass, or else you got detention. Guess what? Once you get into the workplace, being chronically late is frowned upon, go figure. In fact, 41% of employers say they’ve fired someone for being late. Turns out being on time is a pretty valuable trait in the workplace, too, it’s good that old habits tend to die hard. (Unless you were the type who was late and got detention a lot, then we hope for your sake they did.)

2. Deadlines. Deadlines are extremely important (we may have written a blog about this already…) and keeping them is a surefire way to show you’re accountable and responsible. How many teachers let you turn in your homework after the due date?

…No? Ours neither. 

You either meet deadlines or you don’t—there’s no in-between. In high school, you start to have consequences for your actions, one of which is your grades suffer if you don’t get your work in on time. Just like now—there are consequences at your job if deadlines aren’t met. Sensing a trend?

3. Trying Your Best. Yeah, this seems like we’re about to cop out with a participation award type of sentence, but we’re not. In high school you begin to compete with yourself and your fellow students for top placements in AP classes, graduating class standing, and even admission slots at Universities. In high school you begin to have real-life stakes attached to situations—if you flunk out of Math, you’re probably not going to be accepted on a full Math scholarship to MIT (funny how that works!) High school is when the pack begins to separate, and you see what your interests are, and what areas in your life you think are important to develop—just like the workplace. It’s a crucial time to figure out what you’re good at, and overall work to discover what your best self can look like. We’re not all hired to do the same job, we all come in at different levels. High school is the first time that differentiation comes into play.

Ok, did we prove it to you? Still not convinced? Think we left something out? Want to talk about how Beverly Hills 90210 set unrealistic expectations for what high school was going to be like? Let us know in the comments below.