7 high school lessons that hold true in the workplace

Some realities persist from homeroom to the home office. Consider these parallels, and grade yourself accordingly.

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High schools get a lot of criticism for the way graduates are prepared (or not) for the rigors of the real world. Nowhere does that lack of preparation get highlighted more than in the workplace. But you’d be surprised how much happens in your average high school that’s related to the working world.

High school can teach us plenty of lessons about how to win friends and influence people professionally. Here are seven shining examples that prove what goes on in high school hallways isn’t that different from what’s happening around the water cooler.

1. Fake it until you make it

Whether it was walking through the front doors of your high school for the first time or trying out for the school play, there were plenty of times in high school when you felt out of your comfort zone. The bad news is that those feelings still arise in the professional world.

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