Feb 03 Life lessons I learned in school
The things that I learned in school I can use in applying for a job or meeting a new customer.
When the Furniture Academy was launched last year, the purpose of the academy was not to train candidates how to build furniture. The furniture manufacturing members of the academy teach their skills differently. The focus was to train candidates on life skills that will help them regardless of what field they may find a job.
Be punctual. Show up on time.
I know I’ve mentioned in a previous article, but it bears repeating. A Scouting friend who served in the Mississippi National Guard advises his Scouts, “If you are five minutes early, you are on time. If you are on time, you are late.” Schools used to give awards for perfect attendance. We all work better when we are all engaged together. Even when I attended college, I went to every class. If I had an issue with the class, the professor recognized me because I was there, and I was given the benefit of the doubt on more than one occasion because I was “known.” Being present and being approachable is important.
Play well with others.
We are all players working on a much larger scale than we can see ourselves. Everyone’s job is important. I recently had new business cards printed, and I purposely left off my job title. I am no more important than anyone else in my company. We all have our part to play. If we all do our jobs well, we all succeed.
Learning to count.
Fiscal responsibility is difficult. There are so many demands on the money we all earn. It takes discipline to live on a budget. Sitting down and listing all of the household expenses can be overwhelming – I know it is for me. It’s important for me to know where my money is going. Then I also know if I can save and what I can save. It’s hard for me to think about retirement because it is a long way away for me, but I know if I save a little now, that it will be easier than trying to save for retirement later.
Dress for success.
Times have changed. When I was job hunting out of college, I wore a suit because everyone with whom I interviewed was wearing one too. When I call on a new customer, I usually wear a coat and tie even though I know they might not be wearing them. It is always easier to dress down than it is to dress up. I want to make that good first impression. My work will be just as good whether I’m wearing a tie or not, but I still want to look my best.
North Mississippi is very fortunate to have a strong furniture manufacturing community. Furniture jobs count for over 31% of manufacturing sector jobs in this region. That’s huge! We’re fortunate to have such strong players in our marketplace, and we are fortunate to have folks like United Furniture purchasing Lane to keep the jobs in our marketplace.
There are some great jobs available in furniture. Just check out the classified ads. And, if you’re interested in learning more about the Furniture Academy, go to www.StepToTheFrontOfTheLine.com. Remember what you learned in school, and you’ll do fine!