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Introduction 

Your Challenges Versus Those of Other Generations

Should You Go To College?

[read more] College and/or graduate school is a wonderful thing for many people, as it prepares you for success in a career that require a college education and/or a graduate degree. But is college right for you? Some students attend college but never graduate, or they take courses that have little marketable significance, and worst of all, they accumulate significant debt that hangs over their heads for years.

If you choose to go to college, there are many universities and colleges with wonderful regional reputations and a few with national and worldwide reputations. With regionally well-known schools, the benefits of their reputation are regional, so it is of little benefit to attend an expensive school with a regional reputation in the northeast if you do not plan to live in the northeast. Unless you go to one of the top fifty schools in the nation, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference on your resume or when entering the workplace.[/read]

Do You Need A Mentor?

[read more] As you prepare to enter the workforce, it’s important to understand there is still a lot to learn that the classroom environment cannot teach. It doesn’t matter what career path you choose—business, medical, legal, the arts, technical skills, etc.—learning and doing are two very different experiences. You wouldn’t play football or any other organized sport without a coach, or take up skiing or golf without lessons, so why take chances with your career? [/read]

Matching Personality Traits and Talents to Career

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Matching your personality traits to the traits most commonly found in your career choice is an important exercise to help ensure success in the workplace and comfort in your vocation. One of the most popular and respected aptitude tests available is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.(MBTI) [/read]

Matching Strengths and Interests to Career

Mapping Your Career Path

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If you go through life without direction, you are aimless. And when you reach your destination, you don’t want to have doubts about the journey and choices made or—more likely—choices not made. How can you possibly successfully arrive at your desired destination without plotting your course?

Some people meandered into their careers or found their way serendipitously. If they had known then what they know now, would they have made different choices?

Most definitely.

Here are examples of major doubts many people have soon after starting their first real job:

  • I should have majored in a discipline that was more marketable (i.e., will allow me to earn more money).
  • I thought I would like to work with young children.
  • This job is tedious and boring. [/read]

Navigating Corporate America I

Navigating Corporate America II

Leaders

[read more]“Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.”

—Steve Jobs[1]

No matter the role you have now or if you will be starting out in an entry-level position, if your goal is working toward a management position or even just being recognized as a leader among your peers and having more responsibilities, it will be important for you to demonstrate the appropriate leadership qualities in everything you do at all times. The people in your company who can give you the opportunities you are seeking will know what to look for, so desirable leadership qualities—or the lack of—will be apparent even before you have leadership responsibilities.

“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

—Colin Powell, retired US Army four-star general[/read]

Make Learning a Life-Long Journey

Attitude, Personality and the Capacity to Learn

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Attitude, personality, and capacity to learn are things everyone is expected to bring with them to a job. These areas of development are not the responsibility of companies to provide as part of on-the-job training. They will either be assets and skills—or baggage that drags one down—and solely the individual’s responsibility.[/read]

Trade Up to Bigger Problems

[read more]Opportunities are sometimes disguised as problems in all areas of our lives. All work environments have problems hiding in plain sight. As you might guess, the bigger the job responsibilities, the bigger the problems. So, if you want to move up in your organization and find success in the workplace,  then be prepared to trade your smaller problems for bigger ones. [/read]

Hourly vs Salary Mentality

Integrity

[read more]Don’t cheat, steal, lie, or do anything you would not want your mother reading or hearing about on the news or Internet. Your integrity is more important than a test grade or a falsified resume, and the consequences of poor integrity are more costly in the long run. Being of high moral character and having integrity also means doing the right thing when nobody’s watching.[/read]

Do the Right Thing

Don"t Say the Wrong Thing

Two Heads Are Better Than One

Don't Burn Bridges

Digital Manners

"How to Win Friends and Influence People"

Happiness, Stress and Gossip

[read more]You are in charge of your happiness.

You are in charge of your career and its growth.

You are in charge of your choices.

Yes, there are things outside of your control, but you are in control of your attitude and the choices you make that impact your happiness and your career.[/read]

Life Does Not Unfold as Planned

When Career Plans Are Derailed

Constructive Criticism

Do's and Don'ts

Things That Matter

[read more]Save as much as you can for as long as you can as soon as you can, and always spend less than you have coming in, forever. This alone will keep you financially secure!

Remember: The things that don’t matter, don’t matter.

 “Amateurs practice until they can get it right; professionals practice until they can’t get it wrong.”

—Harold Craxton, one-time professor at the Royal Academy of Music (Aug 29, 2013)[/read]

Recommended Books

Acknowledgements

Alan sailing on Lake Texoma