October 16, 2017

Preparing Yourself for the Working World

By Nana Zuke 

When entering the working world, there are many things that need to be taken into account. One factor which is very crucial is character. Longevity in workplace is not only determined by your qualification and intellect, but also on how an individual presents themselves.  Character is what determines how well you will do in the workplace and how quickly you are likely to progress and advance.

The biggest test of an individual’s character happens in the workplace, this where you battle stress, tremendous pressure, criticism whether good or bad. People who condition themselves to take that criticism and be solutions-driven in the workplace tend to excel. These are the kind of individuals employers invest in because they see potential. 

Truth is, no one wants to work with an employee with a bad attitude. No matter how qualified and talented they are, people are bound to get fed up of the attitude. It is very important as a student getting ready for the corporate world to condition the mind for success and growth in the workplace. This does not happen overnight but it is a habit that is practiced and perfected. Begin by paying attention to how you treat other people and how you respond to the criticism you are given at campus whether it is good or bad.

Nothing actually prepares an individual for the workplace. The corporate world is an environment with its own challenges and politics but one thing that will make the working world a bit smoother is a positive mind. A positive mind takes any bad day or bad situation and turns it into the very best.

What you need to know is that the job market is very competitive. There are countless graduates looking for vacancies around the clock with very few companies to accommodate all of them. The distinction comes from an individual’s hunger and confidence which are traits that definitely attract employers.

People with a clear career plan tend to get ahead, why? Because they draw a plan of action and follow up on it. Set goals that will go with a timeline of when you want to achieve them. As soon as you’ve marked them off then you can move on to the next one.

Goals are not set to put pressure on you but rather to encourage you to be the best and map your way through to the next level. Also, goals enforce structure and order in terms of which direction is needed to be taken on the way to that big promotion.

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