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620: Mark Herschberg | MIT Professor on Skills You Don't Learn in College Build Your Network

    • Entrepreneurship

You’ve heard me express time and again that college will never give you all the skills you need to succeed, but it’s rare that you hear it from a professor himself. Mark Hershberg is a seasoned executive and cybersecurity expert who bridges the divide between business and technology.

He has first hand experience in starting, growing, and fixing startup companies spanning 10 different verticals and has helped two Fortune 500 companies with their internal startup initiatives, and helped create educational programs at MIT and HBS. Having also written the book The Career Toolkit, Mark is not the kind of professor that teaches what he’s never done himself.

I’m looking forward to diving in and hearing from this MIT professor on skills you don’t learn in college.

Things you will learn in this episode: 

[00:01 - 04:49] Opening Segment 
I introduce today’s guest, Mark HershbergBio Be sure to check out http://www.travischappell.com/coaching Mark shares his backgroundClassic 80’s nerdDad was a Physician and Mom was a TeacherCareer influencers
[08:55 - 25:30] MIT Professor on Skills You Don't Learn in College
Mark’s perspective on the value of collegeThe value of being taught how to think College is overused and in need of reformShifting the model Where college started breaking and how to fix it The value of learning to pivotThe misconception around ‘lifetime jobs’ A degree doesn’t tell people the level of skill you haveKey skills that can’t be taught at college that jobs are looking forCommunication skills, networking, team buildingKnowledge can always be taught These skills will make you more employable or more effectiveDecisions that will help you learn the skills you won’t get from collegeGoing beyond the need to qualify What do you need to be successful in that role?List the needed leadership and communication skillsChunk down that list and teach yourself Create a peer learning groupWhy some content gets pushed over other A word from our sponsor
[25:31 - 32:19] Making of the Career Toolkit
Mark talks about the inspiration behind the book Partnership with MITMaking content available to everyone From notes to a book Who can get value from thisReaders 20 to 40People who wished they knew this earlier HR and Executive teamsContent in the bookWhat to take away from the content Learning key skills Negotiation Networking Getting incrementally better to increase ROI on your career
[32:20 - 40:42] Closing Segment
Who you know or what you know?Geometry analogy The deep need for both knowledge and communicationA connection that led to something importantMark talks about meeting people in New YorkOne relationship leading to many other important onesRaNDoM RoUnDHow to engage with TomLinks belowFinal words 
Tweetable Quotes: 

“I know people who got a four year degree from some top universities and went on and became a secretary or became the manager of some local retail store.” - Mark Hershberg

“Here is the secret to learning these things… You want to create peer learning groups.” - Mark Hershberg

“Once you start exploring these skills, what you're going to find is you'll recognize opportunities right in front of you you never saw before”. - Mark Hershberg

“Don't worry about trying to become world class, spend a little time… take a little of that time and get better at leadership, communicating, networking, negotiating; that's going to have a massive ROI.” - Mark Hershberg

Resources Mentioned:


The Career Toolkit

Connect with Mark on Twitter and LinkedIn. Go check out https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/ to learn networking skills that will be tools in your kit!

Get a FREE $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/network Offer valid through June 30th, 2021.
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You’ve heard me express time and again that college will never give you all the skills you need to succeed, but it’s rare that you hear it from a professor himself. Mark Hershberg is a seasoned executive and cybersecurity expert who bridges the divide between business and technology.

He has first hand experience in starting, growing, and fixing startup companies spanning 10 different verticals and has helped two Fortune 500 companies with their internal startup initiatives, and helped create educational programs at MIT and HBS. Having also written the book The Career Toolkit, Mark is not the kind of professor that teaches what he’s never done himself.

I’m looking forward to diving in and hearing from this MIT professor on skills you don’t learn in college.

Things you will learn in this episode: 

[00:01 - 04:49] Opening Segment 
I introduce today’s guest, Mark HershbergBio Be sure to check out http://www.travischappell.com/coaching Mark shares his backgroundClassic 80’s nerdDad was a Physician and Mom was a TeacherCareer influencers
[08:55 - 25:30] MIT Professor on Skills You Don't Learn in College
Mark’s perspective on the value of collegeThe value of being taught how to think College is overused and in need of reformShifting the model Where college started breaking and how to fix it The value of learning to pivotThe misconception around ‘lifetime jobs’ A degree doesn’t tell people the level of skill you haveKey skills that can’t be taught at college that jobs are looking forCommunication skills, networking, team buildingKnowledge can always be taught These skills will make you more employable or more effectiveDecisions that will help you learn the skills you won’t get from collegeGoing beyond the need to qualify What do you need to be successful in that role?List the needed leadership and communication skillsChunk down that list and teach yourself Create a peer learning groupWhy some content gets pushed over other A word from our sponsor
[25:31 - 32:19] Making of the Career Toolkit
Mark talks about the inspiration behind the book Partnership with MITMaking content available to everyone From notes to a book Who can get value from thisReaders 20 to 40People who wished they knew this earlier HR and Executive teamsContent in the bookWhat to take away from the content Learning key skills Negotiation Networking Getting incrementally better to increase ROI on your career
[32:20 - 40:42] Closing Segment
Who you know or what you know?Geometry analogy The deep need for both knowledge and communicationA connection that led to something importantMark talks about meeting people in New YorkOne relationship leading to many other important onesRaNDoM RoUnDHow to engage with TomLinks belowFinal words 
Tweetable Quotes: 

“I know people who got a four year degree from some top universities and went on and became a secretary or became the manager of some local retail store.” - Mark Hershberg

“Here is the secret to learning these things… You want to create peer learning groups.” - Mark Hershberg

“Once you start exploring these skills, what you're going to find is you'll recognize opportunities right in front of you you never saw before”. - Mark Hershberg

“Don't worry about trying to become world class, spend a little time… take a little of that time and get better at leadership, communicating, networking, negotiating; that's going to have a massive ROI.” - Mark Hershberg

Resources Mentioned:


The Career Toolkit

Connect with Mark on Twitter and LinkedIn. Go check out https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/ to learn networking skills that will be tools in your kit!

Get a FREE $75 sponsored job credit to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/network Offer valid through June 30th, 2021.
Did you love the value that we are putting out in the show? LEAVE A REVIEW and tell us what you think about the episode so we can continue putting out great content just for you! Share th

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