Most people will tell you that playing World of Warcraft is a total waste of time. Besides being a form of entertainment, many would argue that the game has no value in the real world. This holds true especially in the workplace, where games really have no place...right? I would vehemently disagree.
World of Warcraft can teach us many lessons of value that are prized in the workplace. Many of these lessons are so valuable, that you could even argue that they could legitimately be used on your job application. Wondering what skills you have possibly learned in game that could be valuable in the work force? Check out our picks for the top 5 skills you learn in World of Warcraf that could be used on a job application below:
No matter if you are a raid leader or the leader of a guild in World of Warcraft, you are going to learn some valuable leadership qualities along the way. While the days of huge 40 man raids and even bigger guilds are gone, wrangling even just 10 people can be a difficult task and takes some serious skill. You need to organize events, appease players with problems, move the group forward, and establish and enforce rules.
All of these abilities are things employers look for and you can learn them just by playing World of Warcraft. While it may not seem like it, all the leadership qualities you use in game, can be applied to the real world too. Sure, you won't be organizing any raids or diffusing any arguments over gear, but the same basic principles apply.
One question that is pretty common in a job interview or on a job application is how well you do at problem solving. If you are a World of Warcraft player, you have this totally covered. In fact, problem solving is something players do almost every time they log into the game. Figuring out how to complete a tricky quest, working out how to get to that chest on the Timeless Isle, or defeating that overly difficult boss fight all count as problem solving. While you might not be solving the same problems in real life, WoW has assured that you will be more than equipped to handle it.
Long Term Commitment
Many employers worry about their employee's commitment to the job. Is this just a stepping stone? Will they stick around for the long haul? Listing World of Warcraft on your application can help clear all these worries up. Most players have spent years playing WoW. Even during the game's worst moments, these players have stuck with it, waiting out the storm.
After almost ten years of game play, World of Warcraft fans are nothing short of loyal. Even as the players behind the game have changed, their love and dedication to the game have remained. That kind of commitment is hard to find and could be just as impressive when applied to the work place.
In many industries, having good people skills is very important. While traditionally games have been made out to repress people skills, anyone who has played World of Warcraft knows it is the exact opposite. When in game you interact with other players all the time and they come in all shapes, sizes, and personality types.
Learning to interact and coexist with the players in World of Warcraft is the perfect way to hone your people skills. You will find people of all types inside the game; good, bad, and everything in between. With plenty of practice in game, you will be more than ready to put your skills to work on the job.
Getting the Job Done
Many employers worry that their employees will be slackers. They won't want to do the tought job, and may even jump ship at the slightly sign of difficulty. Many World of Warcraft players can easily say this does not apply to them. The game is full of things that require players to work hard to get the job done. From lengthy chain quests, raids, and reputation grinds, long time players of the game know all about putting time and effort in to finish the job.
That wraps up our list of the top 5 skills you learn in World of Warcraf that could be used on a job application. What skills have you learned in game that you feel help you in the work place? Share them with us in the comments section below!