Does Attitude Really Matter?

by Lori Smith

The importance of a positive attitude cannot be overstated.  Naturally, people want to be around and work with those who have a good attitude.  Have you ever worked with someone who had a negative attitude?  If so, it is highly probable that not only did you not enjoy the experience much but also found that it brought down the morale of everyone involved. Likewise, a positive attitude can spread like wildfire and raise morale.  Having a positive attitude in the workplace is essential if you want to move up the ladder and boost your career.  The following are some easy ways that you can display a positive attitude that will get you noticed:

Be Open Minded  Consider all options available to resolve a problem.  Be solution focused and not problem focused.  View problems as an opportunity to grow.

Give 100% Effort  Put forth your best work in all that you do regardless of the size or importance of the task at hand.  The success of any organization is the combined total of all involved.  Contribute to the success of your organization.  Look for ways to improve your competencies.

Be Constructive  If you notice a problem do not just complain about what is wrong, but rather look for a solution and offer some suggestions on corrective actions that could be taken.

Don’t Complain  Whether you criticize something in your organization that you are unhappy with or something in your personal life that is not as you would like it to be can be a morale drainer for those around you.  It is important to remember that many people have challenges in their professional and personal lives but continually focusing on these negative thoughts can be detrimental to everyone involved.  Be the type person who looks at the glass as half full instead of half empty.

Be Pleasant  Seek the good in others and recognize their achievements.  Offer genuine compliments.  Look for good things happening in your organization and spread the news.

Following these simple tips are the first steps to a successful career.  People  often wait for their “lucky break” to come, and while it may sometimes be due to the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time most often it is a combination of hard work and luck that leads to success.  Take charge of your career and make your own luck!  As Thomas Jefferson quotes, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have.”

Where The Present Ends, The Future Begins

 by Cassandra Rudd

With the excitement of Commencement, it brings to mind what the future holds for many. Graduating from college is both exhilarating and exciting. It can be a time of sadness having to leave the college campus and friendships formed during the past four years. For others, it is a chance to explore the endless opportunities in their professional career. While we cannot be sure what the future will hold for us, we can be sure that change will be an ever present part of it. We need to embrace change and have the courage to make choices. Some graduates will choose to continue their education and earn a Master’s Degree, or maybe even a Doctorate, rather than entering the work force right away. Other graduates will accept a job before commencement and anxiously wait to begin their careers, complete an internship or two until they get the job offer that they seek, and others will be in the job search.

Many seniors advise those still waiting in the wings to enjoy their time in college because it goes by so quickly and that you will soon be a part of the “real world.” Those students who still have time before they put on their cap and gown have a lot to look forward to in the process. Many students do not realize how big of a change it is to leave college and join the workforce. As an employee or even an entrepreneur, it is now up to you to be able to use everything that you have learned from not only your courses, internships or other jobs, but also your experiences as a college student.

While we cannot predict what the future holds, there is one certainty you have as a Nichols College Alumni and that is Career Services for LIFE! Nichols offers access to a plethora of information and resources to students and alumni to help you both before and after graduation. What does this mean exactly? We are here to help you from here on out, whether it is before you graduate, or ten years after! You can set up an appointment to meet with a career coach via face to face visits, email, telephone or Skype. Career Services also offers many resources that will help you to land the job of your dreams, such as:

Optimal Resume: To assist with resumes and cover letters.
* Career Shift: CareerShift provides an easy-to-use approach for bringing all these parts together to crack the “hidden job market” and for managing the job hunt all in one place.
Road to Success: Online recruitment database which provides information on career opportunities, On-campus recruiting, career fairs, career advice and much more!
LinkedIn: This social media based, professional work related site is great for networking! You can even connect with Nichols College alumni! Be sure to join the Nichols College groups including the Nichols Career Services group. (virtual job club)

Career Services wishes to congratulate the Class of 2014! Wishing you all a bright and prosperous future.