MISTAKES YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO MAKE
Business acumen is made up of a number of qualities. Experience is vital. Wisdom is crucial. Business sense and customer centric are game changers. And these resources are all available from connections with successful BYU alumni.
You may have heard the phrase referring to learning life's lessons from the "school of hard knocks." Just as this term implies, it can be difficult learning through trial and error and very expensive to deal with mistakes. But every storm cloud has a silver lining; even difficult things have value. We really can't measure the impact of the wisdom that comes from dealing with challenges in our lives. Nor can one value the expertise of successfully handling serious problems.
I remember taking a racquetball class as a freshman. My instructor was an old man—or at least that was my perspective back then. His policy was that we would play him once at the beginning of the semester and then again at the end of the semester, so he could evaluate how much we had improved. He was a nice old guy, and I thought my enthusiasm and dexterity could at least give him a run for his money. I was right about one thing...there was a lot of running, but it wasn't him that was doing it. It was me, dashing from one corner of the court to the next to retrieve the balls he effortlessly placed there. I couldn't seem to get ahead. My stamina didn't hold up. And it was obvious his talent far surpassed my desire. He beat me soundly.
Whether it's playing racquetball in college with an elderly instructor or feeling confident in the business world, wisdom—when it matters—comes from experience, skill, good business sense, and applying one's relationships. Mentoring, therefore, can help.
The Alumni Mentoring Partnership is a semi-formal group of alumni organized within a company in a specific region or location. BYU Alumni Career Services sponsors this group of alumni who have agreed to mentor students and employment-seeking alumni by guiding these unemployed individuals through the application, interview process and networking within their companies. Ideally, these mentors can also provide guidance for recently-hired or current employees during their time at the company.
And relationships are where BYU Alumni Career Services really shines.
There are lessons we don't want to learn for ourselves. It's especially at times like these when blogs, knowhow, and mentors come in handy. All of these resources are available through ACS and can save ambitious individuals from having to learn lessons through the school of hard knocks.
What knowledge have you acquired that can save others the discomfort of learning these lessons for themselves?
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