CAREER DEVELOPMENT / AUG. 28, 2014
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How to Incubate Relevant Academic Knowledge for Consistent Career Performance

After graduation, we tend to forget a lot of things we’ve learnt at university. This is after realizing that the job market situation on the ground has plenty of disparities regarding intricate academic requirements. Even as we get along with basic academic knowledge, there comes a time when what we once forgot comes to haunt us especially when one moves to a new job or gets promoted. Moreover, there is academic knowledge that will always be relevant to us every step of the way.

How Does One Determine Relevant Academic Knowledge worth Incubation?

With higher education costs being high and financial resources getting scarce, it then becomes clear that we’ve got to exploit the current academic credentials at our disposal to the maximum. However, this cannot happen if we fail to gain a meaningful sense of discernment regarding academic knowledge worth incubating and the jargon worth archiving. And so, in a bid to sieve out relevant academic knowledge worth incubation, we should ensure that it is:

  • Broad enough to adapt to different pre occupational situations.
  • Efficient enough to refresh without consuming excessive time, effort, or unnecessary financial costs
  • Updated and future oriented to be up to task with emerging challenges.
  • Competitive enough to reckon with International Standards.
  • Viable enough to retain work indispensability for the long haul.
  • Flexible enough to be enhanced when demand for a certain set of academic credentials peaks up.
  • Sufficient enough to avoid underperformance as a result of knowledge incompetence.

How then Does One Incubate Relevant Academic Knowledge for Consistent Career Performance?

In a bid to maintain consistent career performance through relevant academic knowledge, you’ve got to strike a balance between learning and understanding. That is, academic knowledge that embraces the reality of careers on the ground. In so doing, you should:

#1 Strike a Balance between Work Experience and Academic Reputation

As you experience vertical progress in your career, you’ll soon realize that more work experience ignites the urge for more responsibilities. However, more responsibilities can’t be handled unless you’ve got the necessary competence to get things done. Therefore, in a bid to balance experience with competence, you should keep updating knowledge worth incubation without necessarily requiring more academic education.

#2 Be Skill-oriented by Retaining Knowledge that is Applicable

From my discussions with colleagues pursuing various careers, they allege that they only apply roughly 10% of what they learnt in campus. Now, I’m not saying that this is an official figure but the percentage in itself should tell you that academic knowledge effectiveness ultimately boils down to skill. Because if it’s not applicable, then probably it’s mere jargon.

#3 Adapt to Knowledge that is in Tune with Ever Changing Job Market Trends

In the academic circles, knowledge is power. But in the world of careers, that power is restricted by the job market situation on the ground. Thus, the incubation process should be in tune with job market dynamics considering the fact that employers constantly upgrade their requirements of potential candidates for vacant job posts.

#4 Focus on Knowledge that Gives Overall Career Fulfillment

Even though our respective careers require some form of academic competence, the back stops with career fulfillment. Because as long as you mechanically pursue your career, you’ll never experience the joy and fulfillment that comes with excellence. However, once you use passion and ambition to your advantage, then you’ll give your academic knowledge a sense of meaning and thus incubate it efficiently without unnecessary struggle or frustration in your career.

This article is not intended to discredit the learning process that we’ve gone through in higher education institutions. However, in a world where time gets scarce by the day, we can’t afford to be dragged behind in our careers by the baggage of irrelevant academic jargon. And the only way we can do that is by ensuring consistent career performance through the long term incubation or relevant academic knowledge.

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