Success in School Versus Success in the WorkplaceDuring our years of experience with employers and job seekers, we’ve identified a very popular national pastime: discussing, revising, and refining the definition of “success”. What does it mean to be “successful”? If the party conversation around you every gets dull, bring up this subject and watch the room spring to life. Everyone has an opinion, and every worker, boss, student, and teacher spends at least a little bit of time thinking about this almost every day.Specifically, our employer contacts have something important to tell us, and their comments sound like this:
“I hire promising college graduates every year who are used to getting straight A’s. But as soon as they enter the workforce, they stumble. And they stumble much harder—often hitting a genuine wall—when they make the transition from entry level to management roles. The definition of “success” changes throughout life, and these kids sometimes can’t keep up.”In other words, the traits that make a great student don’t always make a great employee (and that traits that make a great employee don’t always make a great boss). Here are some key differences.