One quality I take pride in (and for which I can thank my mother) is that I’ve always been a hard worker. I work hard in school to get good grades, I work hard at the gym to keep myself healthy and in good shape, and I work hard at work. Even in high school, I worked more than one job at a time — and I still do. My very first part-time job was cashiering at a local supermarket. Cashiering was never in my career aspirations — as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be an event planner — but you have to start somewhere, right?
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Have you ever watched Tiger Woods swing a golf club? Growing up in Augusta, Georgia, the home of the Masters, spring break aligned with the prestigious annual tournament. But instead of heading to the beach for the week, most teenagers (myself included) signed up for odd jobs at the National. In between shifts of checking in backpacks and umbrellas at the coat-check stand or spreading pimento cheese on soft white sandwich bread at a food tent, you were free to weave into the ticket-carrying crowds and walk the course.
At my previous job, I might as well have been sitting on a spring—it was rare that I sat at my desk for an hour straight. I worked as an editor for a cooking magazine, and test cooks would call over the intercom whenever food was ready to taste in the kitchen. Getting up several times a day to eat prime rib, peanut-butter cookies, or fried chicken, I used to think that this was a recipe for poor health—turns out, calories aside, this frequent movement is exactly what more and more health professionals are prescribing for office workers: Sitting for lengthy periods of time, like at your computer from 9 to 5, can be linked to many diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Short of trading our ergonomic office chairs for hamster wheels, what are we to do?
There’s a reason fireworks, parades, and ceremonies occur at the end of a job well done: Achievement is something that should be framed, placed on a mantel, showered in tickertape, and shouted over the loud speaker. Here are 11 of our favorite quotes on reaching your goals.
Success at work isn’t only measured by a stellar salary and company pension. We spend so much time at work that staying positive and being happy should be a top priority. Below are eight tips that can lead you to a truly fulfilling career.
“Work smarter, not harder.” How often have we heard this saying? Obviously, it’s a great idea. Why would we want to work harder than we have to, right? Unfortunately, many times we take the long way in accomplishing a task. Once finished, we discover that there was another way, help was available, and there were resources we could have used. Life could have been easier!
Having taught both online and on-ground courses (and a combination of both) and also taken several online courses while completing my doctoral degree, I have first-hand experience in online education from both the teacher and student perspective. Students often ask me about the amount of time they’ll need to complete an online course.
A résumé is a powerful tool that can open the door to an interview and ultimately to the job of your dreams. When seeking a career transition, it’s especially important to take a close look at your résumé and how it appears to prospective employers. How can you leverage your current education and experience in a new field or industry? What components are missing that would help you develop the well-rounded skill set that matches the position you are seeking? Here are some helpful action items to consider.
If you’re reading this, chances are that you are dodging some sort of deadline. However, unlike other distractions, the five minutes it takes you to read this post could be time well spent. As a writer, I’m often faced with a date circled in red, the ticking of the clock. And whether you are an employee with a proposal due or a student with a final looming, we all are often on some sort of countdown. Here are some strategies to help get the job done.