Wisdom — Joyce’s Career Tip of the Week

College recruiters are always looking for our “best and brightest” — our “rock stars.” You know from attending our workshops and reading my columns that they are not only talking about a high GPA.

I recently came across an article that I put into a file a few years ago. The article is about wisdom, and several questions crossed my mind:

  • Doesn’t everyone want to hire a wise employee?
  • Don’t we all admire, value and appreciate wise people?
  • Wouldn’t we all want to be wise?
  • And finally, exactly, what is wisdom and what does it look like?

The article said that “wisdom is a construct of six interacting dimensions.” Take a few minutes to reflect on what you are learning in college — in as well as outside of the classroom. Think about how you apply new understanding in each of the following areas:

  1. Self-knowledge — You know that you are ultimately responsible for you own success and understand how your talents, values, interests and ethics guide you.
  2. Understanding of others — You develop empathy and know how to connect with others and to “use this power for good purposes.”
  3. Judgment — You can see through the complexity of a situation and find the right path.
  4. Life knowledge — This is often called common sense or seeing things realistically.
  5. Life skills — You have the ability to prioritize and develop successful and appropriate strategies to overcome challenges.
  6. Willingness to learn — You know what you know and what you do not know; and, are always open to continual learning.

Your résumés and interviews will show what you have learned and applied from your experiences in each of these areas. More importantly, acquiring wisdom will have a positive impact on the overall quality of your life. The Fulton Schools Career Center is here to help you create strategies for action and to help you articulate your accomplishments. Use Handshake to schedule an appointment with us.

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Joyce Donahue is a Career Counselor in the Fulton Schools Career Center. She is a Nationally Certified Career Counselor and holds Master Career Counselor membership status in the National Career Development Association.