What Does Schoolwork Have To Do With the Real World?
Why do I need to know this? When am I ever going to use this in the real world? Do you often feel like that as you slog through another round of algebra problems? You might be surprised to know that, yes, you will use skills and knowledge from your high school classes in real life, even though it might not seem obvious now. Consider the following:
- People who take challenging courses and study hard in high school tend to have better jobs and make more money in their careers. Some of the jobs that require the most education (i.e. doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc.) pay well and rarely have layoffs.
- Having knowledge and skills in all areas helps you in all jobs. For example, if you want to be an attorney, you may not need to use calculus on a daily basis. However, if you want to specialize in patent law or represent a pharmaceutical company, the ability to grasp math and science concepts will be very valuable.
- If you want to work in construction, you may be surprised to learn that you’ll use geometry, algebra, and physics principles on the job day in and day out.
- If you want to be a journalist, math will help you to better understand corporate and government documents and see beneath the surface of the numbers to get a good story.
You never know exactly what career path you’ll follow. By working hard in all the core subject areas, you will be prepared to make better choices about a career.
After graduation, many of you will be taking on a new job and immersing yourself into the working world. If that new job involves corporate travel, be sure to prepare for your first trip with these tips.
- Keep all receipts in a safe place. Receipts must be carefully recorded and promptly submitted on expense forms. If you don’t have a receipt for a particular item or incident, you may not get reimbursed. Be sure to ask for a receipt if one is not normally provided, such as with taxicabs.
- Get familiar with company policy. Familiarize yourself with corporate credit card policy regarding incidental expenditures: hotel mini bars, phone calls, dry cleaning services, movie rentals, alcohol purchases, rental car upgrades, etc. Find out what your company will pay for and what you would have to pay for out of your own pocket.
- Carry cash. You should keep small bills handy for tipping cab drivers, doormen, bellmen, hotel maids, valet parking attendants, etc.
- Book your flight well in advance if possible. You should book your trip as early as possible for best rates and schedules. Choose early morning flights rather than midday flights, so you will have more options if your flight is cancelled.
- Enroll in frequent flyer programs. A frequent flyer program is a service offered by many airlines to reward customer loyalty. Accrued points or frequent flyer miles can be redeemed for free air travel, other goods/services, increased benefits, etc. Be sure to check at the ticket counter to make sure you are credited for your flights.
- Arrive at airport early. For domestic flights, you should be at the airport at least an hour before departure. For international flights, be there two hours before departure.
- Prepare for lost luggage. Place your full name and address inside all bags in case luggage tags are lost. Pack at least one business-attire outfit in your carry-on so you will have presentable clothing in case your luggage is lost.
- Know airport security guidelines. Get familiar with airport security guidelines in order to move easily through security checkpoint. If you have never flown before, observe the actions of those in front of you in line to help you look like a veteran traveler.
- Research rental car companies. Keep in mind that many rental car agencies require clients to be 25 years of age. Some companies make exceptions but add high insurance fees. Search around to find the best deal.
- Develop loyalty to a rental car agency. If problems arise, they are resolved more quickly for long-term customers.
- Be careful to use legitimate taxis. At airports, taxis are parked in designated waiting areas. If the taxi does not have a fare meter, negotiate the fare to your destination before getting into the cab.
- Get cab company info. Write down the cab company’s name and telephone number as well as the identification number of your particular taxi. If you leave something behind in the cab, you can call and provide information on how to get it returned to you.
- Get directions. Make sure you have driving directions to all of your appointments. Have phone numbers on hand in case you run into traffic jams.
- Book your room early. As when booking your flight, you should also book your hotel room as early as possible to ensure availability. Be sure to choose a hotel with business-friendly amenities, such as free wi-fi, complimentary continental breakfast, business lounge, etc.
- Enroll in hotel rewards programs. These free programs (Choice Privileges, Hilton Honors, Marriot Rewards, etc.) give you many ways to earn and redeem points. Before you check out of your hotel, make sure that your frequent guest account is credited.
- Be aware of your surroundings. If you decide to leave your hotel to grab some food or walk to the closest convenient store, pay attention to what the outside of the hotel building looks like and make sure you know the address of the hotel. It’s very easy to get disoriented in a city in which you are unfamiliar. Be sure to carry your cell phone with you at all times.
Use these above-mentioned tips to assist you as you go from college student to first time business traveler. For more tips on entering the professional world, contact the Career Services department at your school.