Career guidance and tips to succeed and achieve professional success

Career advise and gudance

 

The main objective and purpose of a higher education and college degree or diploma is to teach you how to think. However, if students do not engage with their career guidance center, then college will not help you when it comes to career development. Take a some time to think about how many courses you undertook in your major, and then think about how many courses you took related to career development and management? Not many higher learning institutions offer any courses in career development. Given that we spend most of our life at work, we would expect education institutions to offer some form of guidance and teaching when it comes to career development and career management.   Without career guidance councilors and career centers, many students are left in the dark given that there is no syllabus and students are left in the dark to make their own choices.

Here are some tips to help students prepare for the realities of their working life.

  • When you approach your final years of study, make sure you visit your career center at least once every semester and once a month in your final year.
  • Believe in yourself, believe in something and have someone believe in you. Remember you are responsible or your own success.
  • Aside from your college degree or diploma, employers will want to see if you have any work experience. Consider undertaking multiple internships.
  • Work on your resume from the day you enter college. Don’t wait until you have reached your final year.
  • Take the time to focus and clarify for yourself what is your ideal job, realistic job, and survival job.
  • Define for yourself what it means for you to be successful for yourself and professionally.
  • Arrive at work early and leave late, however don’t do this to this just to impress your boss or supervisor.
  • Work on your self-confidence and discipline.
  • Make the most out of your college experience and do everything you can during your college years and leave without any regrets.
  • Failure is not the end of the world. The only way to learn is by making mistakes and learning from these mistakes.
  • Work on your grammar and reduce the amount of slang from your speech.
  • Avoid personal business like email, phone calls, browsing the internet while on the job.
  • Most of the time employers care about your productivity and not if you are professionally fulfilled.
  • Swallow your pride and remember that starting at the bottom is not beneath you, its expected.
  • Employers will want to know if you can do the job and willing to do the job.
  • Most individuals want to be heard. However, more important is to listen in the workplace.
  • Never share too much of our personal life at work.
  • Stay focused at work and don’t get detracted with social media.
  • Understand there is a time to work independently and there is a time to work as part of a team.
  • Saying “please” and “thank you” can go a long way.
  • Look people on the eye and smile will more often than not get you the same in return.
  • Remember that employers will hire you for your attitude and then train you for knowledge. Your enthusiasm at work will pave the way to success.
  • Today, most jobs are not for life. Start preparing for your next job the day you start your current job.
  • Clean up your online reputation that exist on the internet. Today many employers will research your social media profile to get a better understanding and insight of who you are.
  • If you make any commitments then keep to them. No one likes someone who habitually fails on his or her commitments.
  • Be patient and think about your first job as a period of adjustment into the working world. Think of your first job as a stepping stone on the road to your professional success.
  • Polish up on your interviewing skills and practice these skills with mock interviews.
  • If you take your career seriously then this will lead to others taking your seriously.
  • Swallow your pride and ask for help when you need help.
  • Learn and conform to you company’s dress code. The way you dress is a reflection of your self-image.
  • Set personal and professional goals and have a clear vision of your life.
  • If your choose to continue with your education and go to graduate school, be careful that your choose the right degree and courses given the high costs.
  • Always build and manage your network via online social media like Linkedin. If you decide to move jobs, this is a superb resource.
  • The majority of communication is non-verbal. Pay close attention to what you say and even closer attention to what you say when you listen and not talking.
  • Set up time to meet with your supervisor or manager to discuss your progress and discuss aspects of your job that you doing well in as well aspects of your job where you can improve.
  • You are the owner of your own success and it must be you and only you that drives your success.
  • Stay in your first job after your studies for at least one year. Avoid job hopping because this will not look good on your resume.
  • Chasing money tends to be a very poor and unreliable long-term motivator. Focus and do what you love and more often than not money will follow.
  • Pursue a career that provides you with personal fulfillment. Undertake a job that provides you with value and meaning.
  • Always take a percentage of every paycheck and create and build up an emergency fund and savings.
  • Set a budget and avoid any form of credit card debt. Start investing from day one at your job.

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