WATCH: B.E. on the Street – Essential Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom

New Yorkers tell how real-life experience prepped them for the workplace

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As the saying goes, a mind is a terrible thing to waste. And many put theirs to good use—while ensuring at least a running start in the workforce—by attaining undergraduate, graduate, and advanced degrees. Though higher education can be the key to success, it alone oftentimes doesn’t cut it when it comes to overall life success.

As part of our continuing back-to-school coverage, asked New Yorkers, “What are lessons you learned outside the classroom that you didn’t learn in it?” Take a look:

Videographer: Kahliah Laney