Effective negotiation and bargaining skills are always valuable and will serve you well both at work and in your personal interactions. However, these skills aren’t usually taught in colleges — even in business courses.
In business, you negotiate with suppliers about rates, customers about price, employees about benefits and employers about promotion. You don’t find many people in high power jobs that haven’t mastered the art of negotiation.
Many people fake business writing courses and learn how to write in a formal and professional tone. This is an excellent skill that will serve you well in the working world. What’s often left out of these courses, however, is how to make your point quickly and effectively. In college, there's emphasis on being wordy, with certain lengths of papers being assigned. Busy professionals simply don’t have time to read a thesis, so distill your ideas down to their essential components before presenting them to your supervisor or colleagues.
Many people find it easy to meet lots of new people in college and develop a social network, without much effort. Did you learn how to leverage that into career success, though, or just to become as popular as possible? It is important to seek out mentors in your field of interest and maintain those relationships. People want to help you, but not when you always need something. Maintain the relationships for their own value and career help will come.
Getting past your emotional hangups and learning to operate sincerely while demonstrating appreciation for others will help your career flourish. The ability to sincerely express appreciation and ask for forgiveness can help you avoid being mired in conflict and mend a relationship. Yet most of us think appreciation prevents us from getting credit and asking forgiveness means we are to blame.