WoW players usually spend a large amount of their leisure time in game. It’s a shame that so much of what we do in Azeroth doesn’t translate well on Earth. I spend a few hours a week farming herbs while digging for artifacts. If I were writing a performance review for myself (I can’t stand those.), how could I list that? “Ability to perform tedious tasks patiently.” I don’t think my supervisor would be impressed.
But most people agree that quite a few skills we acquire and hone in WoW are useful into the workplace. Recently, Neri at Neri Approves! blogged about how being a guild master helps her outside of the game. Warcraft Street’s Frinka tackled the same topic, but her angle is gold-earning.
What WoW skills?
Neri lists conflict resolution, time management, and communication as what she’s gained as a guild master. Decision making, market philosophy, and professional values are skills possible to be gleaned from gold-earning, according to Frinka. Scott wrote about many guild leading skills that would look good on a resumé in Officers’ Quarters a few years ago. I have some favorite things that I’ve learned:
Time management Learning how to consistently juggle what you need to do outside of Azeroth with what you want to do in game is something that can be learned from your early teens. That skill will help at college, at work, and in relationships. I have always recommended that parents use WoW to teach their kids time management skills. You miss a valuable teaching opportunity when you outlaw video games in your child’s life.
Leadership You learn how to lead when heading up a guild, raid, or even just a 5-man group. You need to be able to motivate people, praise or reprimand as needed, and have the knowledge to back it all up. These skills are useful everywhere.
Drama avoidance When Lisa and I give our Drama Mamas advice, we are not meting out justice; we can’t without knowing all sides of the situation. It’s not the Mama Judges column. Avoiding drama often means swallowing an injustice in order to keep things smooth with coworkers and supervisors. Privately attempting to resolve conflicts and to right wrongs is something I don’t think comes naturally. (It certainly didn’t with me.) The same techniques for keeping drama out of your in-game life apply to the physical world — and vice versa.