What separates successful people from others? While favorable timing, personal connections, wealth or other advantages can lead to success, a person must also possess various success-oriented attitudes, behaviors, and skills. Some of the actions that can lead to academic, career, and personal success include:
- Display poise and confidence in your ability.
- Assess existing skills and knowledge.
- Set personal and career goals that align with your abilities.
- Develop a habit on ongoing learning.
- Take risks that allow you the opportunity to achieve at a higher level.
- Persevere in your work efforts
- Be prepared to face and go beyond obstacles.
- Rejection and criticism can lead to future success.
- Develop effective interpersonal skills. Your ability to interact, gain support of others, and develop trust is critical.
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- Have students ask people to describe their definition of “success.”
- Have students obtain suggested actions for personal and career success using online research.
- What are common mistakes people make in their personal financial planning and career planning activities?
- What actions do you plan to take to improve your personal and career success?
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In this article Daniel Bortz and Susie Poppick describe 10 different activities that can help anyone advance their career and increase their salary. While the list below identifies different activities, more specific information about each activity is provided in the article.
- Master the meeting
- Lend a hand at work
- Learn a language
- Get techy
- Write better
- Learn social savvy
- Take back your workday
- Sell yourself
- Learn to DIY (Do It Yourself)
- Get Organized
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- Point out that the suggestions in this article can improve their productivity on the job and make them a more valuable employee.
- Encourage students to read the article for specific information about each of the above activities.
- In today’s work environment, why is it important to “make yourself a more valuable employee?”
- Ask students to review the 10 different activities and pick the two they feel are the most important. How could those two activities make you a better employee?
Most career planning experts believe that “career capital” is vital for success. Career capital refers to differentiated skills that are both rare and valuable, and usually involve creativity, impact, control, or autonomy. A great job requires that you can offer something of value. Factors that contribute to building career capital include:
- an attitude of “what can I offer the world and my company?”
- understanding what’s valuable in your career field by seeking varied expert opinions
- continuing to expand your skill set
- obtaining feedback to gain knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses
- setting priorities on what will benefit your career
- creating goals appropriate to your career stage
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- Why are some people more successful in their careers than others?
- What factors might be used to measure career success?
- How might a person better prepare for future career success?
- Have students create a list of attitudes, behaviors, and skills that they believe are important for career success.
- Ask students to explain actions they are currently taking to enhance their future career success.