Today I came across a very interesting article on the Internet – 10,000 Hour Rule: Why Young Workers Struggle after College (and why some seasoned professionals do too!). The 10,000 Hour Rule says no one gets to the top of their field unless they log at least 10,000 hours of practice. I agree with the rule. I have always been told that you must pay your dues to get ahead in life. I’m probably well on my way to reaching that number. During my Associates degree studies I did work-study. Work-Study is when you work at the school to help pay off your tuition, pay for books, etc. I started doing the basics such as making copies and running errands. By the end I was promote to Teacher’s Assistant/Tutor.
During my Bachelor degree studies I was the Art Director for my campus’ Student Government. I design the flyers that promoted our events. Outside of school I created personal project to test out new things I learn and I can’t not forget to mention the cool internship I completed at truTV (formally known as Court TV).
Internships or having a part-time job while going to school can be very beneficial. There is so much you can learn working in the field that you cannot get from just sitting in a classroom. Education and real-life work experience combine can take you further.