How to Forge a Successful Career

Holy Cross students are undoubtedly the ambitious type, but what does it really take to build a successful career in the “real world”? This week Career Planning will be hosting the panel, “How to be a Successful Alumnus.” As a companion to our workshop, HC Career Counselor Megan Chester discusses some key tips to making your career successful…. Enjoy!

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Entering the world of work and achieving alumni status is an amazing accomplishment, but landing a job is only the first step.  Maintaining professional success once you leave Holy Cross is vital to the longevity of your career path.

First impressions are lasting and all situations require that you put your best professional foot forward.  Attend meetings and sessions fully prepared.  Write your ideas and questions down and complete your contribution to the best of your ability.  Before emails or documents go to your boss, clients or colleagues, be sure to thoroughly proof read your work.  Do not forget to dress the part, clothing attire is part of the office culture.  No need to break the bank on a new wardrobe, but you will want to update your closet with a few basics such as slacks, button-up shirts and a pair of sturdy dress shoes.

A new work setting comes with new co-workers.  You can pick your friends, not your staff members.    Throughout your career, you will encounter personalities that will challenge you.  Find ways to develop positive working relationships by learning the strengths of those you work with and how you can achieve company goals together.

Your first job will not be your last job, networking never ends.  Create a LinkedIn profile and join Holy Cross and industry affiliated groups.  Building relationships within your industry will allow you to move up in your career path.   The friendly staff in the Career Planning Center can help you create your profile and teach you how to effectively network online.

For more about forging your successful career, come to the How to be a Successful Alum Workshop at 4 PM in Hogan 403 on Monday November 5, click here for details.

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