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
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 • The Golden Rule • Get Organized • Set Goals • Work Hard • Gain Experience • Don’t Fear Failure
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
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
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
Work Hard • Be Enthusiastic and Passionate • “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” • Be Resourceful / Work Smart
Gain Experience • Work part-time in a related field • Seek Internships / Job Shadowing Opportunities • Ask for Informational Interviews • Take any tests or certifications necessary
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
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
Start Early • Don’t Procrastinate • Just do ______ for 5 minutes • Be aware of the future • Deadlines may be sooner than you think
Don’t Fear Failure • Goals and Plans Can Change • Be Flexible – Always Have a “Plan B” • Thomas Edison’s Perseverance • Theodore Roosevelt Quote