MICHELLE SMALENBERGER, CFP ®
[Video] Skills That Are Always In Demand
How often do you daydream in your head a job that you think would be really cool? Or maybe you dreamed about being a professional athlete? And maybe some of you had the skills that you could have done that. But you just maybe missed an opportunity, or didn’t quite make the cut.
There’s a lot of things that when we look at it, there’s things in our life, we look back, and we daydream this is what could have been. But I want to also encourage you that there are some things that we can do in life, that maybe are skills we could actually use throughout the rest of our life– or with anything that we decide to do. Whether it’s being a professional athlete or some other job.
Skills Learned On The Job
When I was in college, one of the jobs that I had was to be an usher at a coliseum. Now this was not a job that anyone necessarily wanted to have. But I will tell you that when I was in college, it was something that I was able to do and I was able to watch all of the events at school. I could cheer on our team and get paid to do it.
One thing that I found is that I was actually developing a skill that I can use in so many areas of my life! And that was the skills to start a conversation from nothing – with someone that I don’t know. Someone I’ve just met. Just walked up to or just walked up to me. And I don’t have anything in common with them. And so this was something that I learned all four years that I was in school.
And as I started doing it, I had people that I worked alongside –supervisors over the years– that actually showed me how to do a really great job at it.
But there were little things like: what do I say, what’s a little thing that I can do, or how can I make them laugh. Things like that to really help change the atmosphere. I was learning how to interact with people.
Some people would walk into the game happy. This is a game, we’re cheering, it’s our team.
Others they were the opponent and were a really tense rival.
Everyone was coming to this event with a different point of view. I was learning how to navigate that and this was a skill that I have found very useful – even now as a financial advisor.
So who can’t use people skills?
As I was in this position for four years, I became one of the usher supervisors. And I started to learn how to be a leader and how to motivate people to do something that they didn’t think was the greatest job, or something they were daydreaming about.
Those skills have really stuck with me.
This was an experience that I had in college and I’ve carried it throughout my life. Are there things that you may be presented with? Opportunities that you can learn a new skill. And this could be for the short term or for the long term. But is there something that you could actually do and it could be fun?