To be successful in any chosen career or objective you require a specialized knowledge of the relevant subject. To have an all round good general knowledge is great but it does not necessarily mean you can reach your potential in your chosen profession. To get the best out of yourself your knowledge needs to be specific to a certain field or niche and needs to be supported by a definite plan that is focused on achieving certain goals.
A problem with the education system today is that it does not prepare people for the nine to five work life.. The youth today spend much of their time studying to buy themselves time and avoid making the important decisions regarding their future. Too many think that by going to university they will just fall into the career path that is right for them. However, a large proportion will find it difficult to get any job even ones that are not related to the subject they studied. Many of the jobs they apply for are filled by people straight out of school who have been taught quickly in a company acquiring the necessary specialized knowledge.
Going to university is all well and good as long as you are sure or somewhere close to knowing what it is you want to do after graduating. Equally, if you feel you can get the specialise knowledge elsewhere for your chosen job then you need not feel inferior to people that have acquired further education when applying. The company will choose who they feel is suitable for a position based on experience, not just schooling, but also personality and the effort you have made to do your own research on the company and the position. To gain that valuable experience or specialised knowledge before an interview you need to decide where you will get it.
Firstly you need to know exactly what kind of specialised knowledge you need to get you into the relevant profession. Then you must find out where the best sources are for the information you require. Analyse yourself and your present situation to find out how much time you need and whether you are prepared to obtain a qualification in the subject or maybe do evening courses whilst you are working or, if this is too much commitment, research yourself in local libraries and on the internet.
Whichever way you choose to gain the knowledge you must be sure that it is all relevant to the job you are aiming for and you need to be organised and dedicated to learning. Many modern businesses require people with more and more specific skills and knowledge and so taking course that is too generalised and that does not concentrate on any specialist subject in depth could result in failure. If you do take a course and find early on that it is not going to benefit you as much as you initially thought then do not hesitate to change courses. Wasting money is less important than wasting your time and effort on learning irrelevant information.
One major weakness in young people to today is a lack of ambition. The people that put in the extra effort to learn about a job before applying it are the ones who are more likely to have success. To build on that success and climb the career ladder a person needs to have a desire to do well in that job and not just settle for the first position they get. This means that by continually increasing your intake of specialised knowledge you are more likely to stand out in a company and be rewarded with promotions and pay rises.
Surveys have showed that on average people change their profession about five times during their lives. Many people get made redundant due to circumstances beyond their control whilst others may just find they need to do something different. The important thing to remember when changing jobs is that it is never too late to go and acquire the specialised knowledge needed for a different role. Alternatively if you have made the effort to gain the knowledge before then it may stand you in good stead for a similar position to the one you are leaving. Your success depends on your commitment to learning the relevant skills and knowledge and the enthusiasm you show to do a job well.