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Preparing Today to be a Future Professional. Brandon Richards. My Background. Carroll High School – Ozark, AL Valedictorian 2006 Troy Graduate - Summa Cum Laude Minor: Spanish Bachelor Arts Business Administration – Information Systems SSS - Tutor / Participant. Tips for Success.

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Preparing Today to be a Future Professional

Brandon Richards


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My Background

  • Carroll High School – Ozark, AL

    • Valedictorian

  • 2006 Troy Graduate - Summa Cum Laude

    • Minor: Spanish

    • Bachelor Arts Business Administration – Information Systems

  • SSS - Tutor / Participant


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Tips for Success

  • The Golden Rule

  • Get Organized

  • Set Goals

  • Work Hard

  • Gain Experience

  • Don’t Fear Failure


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The Golden Rule

  • “Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

  • “You must be humble and kind to everyone to be a successful leader.” – Mr. Charles McCreary


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Get Organized

  • Student Profile / Resume

    • Custom Cover Letter

  • Use A System – Just Pick One

    • Phone, PDA

    • Personal Planner / Calendar

    • Electronic Calendar (Google, Yahoo, Etc.)

    • The Hipster PDA - (Parietal Disgorgement Aid)

  • Effective Time Management

  • Managing Money / Expenses

    • Saving / Investing


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Decide What You Want

Myers-Briggs / Self-Directed Search

Research / Ask Questions

Have a plan to get there

It’s OK if plans change

Professional Designations / Certifications

Web of Possibilities

Many Ways to get where you want to go

Set Goals


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Work Hard

  • Be Enthusiastic and Passionate

  • “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”

  • Be Resourceful / Work Smart


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Gain Experience

  • Work part-time in a related field

  • Seek Internships / Job Shadowing Opportunities

  • Ask for Informational Interviews

  • Take any tests or certifications necessary


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Develop Decision-Making Skills

  • Learn to Look at the “Big Picture”

  • Analyze from all points of view

  • Research the problem or issue

  • Ask for advice / opinions if necessary

  • Weigh the pros and cons

  • Arrive at a decision


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Develop Computer Skills

  • Necessary in today’s workplace

  • Internet Research Skills

    • Different phrasing of search terms

    • Knowing how / where to look (Advanced Search)

  • Allows you to be more efficient

    • Mail Merge

    • Excel Spreadsheets


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Start Early

  • Don’t Procrastinate

    • Just do ______ for 5 minutes

  • Be aware of the future

    • Deadlines may be sooner than you think


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Don’t Fear Failure

  • Goals and Plans Can Change

  • Be Flexible – Always Have a “Plan B”

  • Thomas Edison’s Perseverance

  • Theodore Roosevelt Quote


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