How playing videogames can boost your career (Forbes)

24 Jul

Forbes’ Oliver Chiang reported on a number of ways video games instill players with a healthy thirst for competition, a desire to constantly improve oneself, and how games can help people succeed in the workplace.

“We’re finding that the younger people coming into the teams who have had experience playing online games are the highest-level performers because they are constantly motivated to seek out the next challenge and grab on to performance metrics,” says John Hagel III, co-chairman of a tech-oriented strategy center for Deloitte.

Hagel also says games can cultivate “dispositions” that are valuable in a corporate setting. Videogames are often a trial-and-error process where players become accustomed to failure, and learn from it.

Gamers learn to respond to, and even seek out, new challenges in order to progress. They also learn to improvise, and are thus more likely to be able to solve problems creatively when there is no solution to be found in a manual.

Forbes also offers 10 Ways Videogames Can Boost Your Career, an abbreviated slideshow of the article with screenshots. Read the entire article at Forbes.

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