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8 Tips For New Grads Everyone Should Know
Following are a few important points about career for everyone, not just new graduates. These were probably not discussed in school, or it didnít seem important at the time. It should now, and the wisdom provided here can make the difference between a good or bad career experience:
Careers are discovered and evolve through trial and error.
ē What little we know about career callings is they reflect a deep interest you have in doing something, and itís not always what you do best. Itís what you enjoy doing most, and you keep coming back to it for the pleasure it provides. Youíll know when youíre in the wrong job because it requires talents you donít have or are not motivated to use, or it suppresses the talents you have or like using.
Do what you love, but make it a priority to find ways to love what you do.
ē Problems are inevitable because the world in which we live is not perfect and not everything is likely to go your way. Learn to recognize the agreeable middle ground in everything and everyone, and work from there. Most if not all problems are traceable back to pride and issues between people. Learn to communicate, be humble, sociable, flexible, and get along with others. Employers tend to select, promote and retain the people they like most.
Rethink expectations about job satisfaction because itís controlled by employers and used to attract and keep your nose to their grindstone.
ē Far more important is your career contentment. The things you own and control independent of any employers: Youíre thoughts and emotions, reasoning abilities, talents and interests, how you choose to use them, and your right to change your mind and direction any time. These are the more reliable things that give you pleasure and the independence to pursue and enjoy the jobs, careers and satisfactions you desire. You take them with you when you leave the dissatisfactions behind. Focus on these because this is what the employer wants in exchange for those illusive and unreliable satisfactions. For more information visit our website.
Despite aging, never underestimate or fail to utilize the power of your imagination.
ē While 60% of your total waking hours will be devoted to your work or thinking about it, youíll never keep pace with your imagination, and it works for as long as you live. Always schedule and take your vacations, and use this time exclusively to play, dream and use your imagination. It affords you the most efficient and least expensive means for fueling how you feel, what you do, and also the results you achieve.
Careers flow and sometimes into unexpected directions, but the one constant between all your jobs will be your desire for contentment derived from work made meaningful by use of your talents to fulfill your callings. Your contentment is so important that you may find yourself leaving a great job to find it elsewhere, or even tolerating a less than satisfying job just for the pleasure it provides. Thatís because fulfilling your purpose is more important to you than fulfilling the employerís purpose, and you canít be paid enough to not want to use your talents.
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© 2007 by Jeff Garton All Rights Reserved
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