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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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    1. Preparing Today to be a Future Professional Brandon Richards

    2. 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

    3. Tips for Success • The Golden Rule • Get Organized • Set Goals • Work Hard • Gain Experience • Don’t Fear Failure

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. Work Hard • Be Enthusiastic and Passionate • “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” • Be Resourceful / Work Smart

    8. Gain Experience • Work part-time in a related field • Seek Internships / Job Shadowing Opportunities • Ask for Informational Interviews • Take any tests or certifications necessary

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. Start Early • Don’t Procrastinate • Just do ______ for 5 minutes • Be aware of the future • Deadlines may be sooner than you think

    12. Don’t Fear Failure • Goals and Plans Can Change • Be Flexible – Always Have a “Plan B” • Thomas Edison’s Perseverance • Theodore Roosevelt Quote