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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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my background
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
Tips for Success
  • The Golden Rule
  • Get Organized
  • Set Goals
  • Work Hard
  • Gain Experience
  • Don’t Fear Failure
the golden rule
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
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
set goals
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
Work Hard
  • Be Enthusiastic and Passionate
  • “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”
  • Be Resourceful / Work Smart
gain experience
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
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
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
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
Don’t Fear Failure
  • Goals and Plans Can Change
  • Be Flexible – Always Have a “Plan B”
  • Thomas Edison’s Perseverance
  • Theodore Roosevelt Quote