La guía completa de profesiones para trabajar con inteligencia – cómo ser exitoso en una gran empresa

Yo fui un desastre en mi primer trabajo. Era el año de 1992 y me acababan de contratar en el Banco Metropolitano justo en medio de una recesión. Apenas había terminado la fase de capacitación, cuando mi jefe, Michael, me llamó a su oficina para explicarme que mi colega había dicho que ella no logró entregar su trabajo a tiempo por culpa mía.

Lo que aprendí al trabajar para Michael y en los últimos 15 años durante los cuales he contratado y he administrado a mi propio equipo te ayudará a evitar errores que pueden acabar con tu carrera y te servirá para que tengas éxito en una gran empresa donde los estándares de calidad son elevados. A continuación, te mostraré cómo puedes ser mejor que el 95% de tus compañeros de trabajo y conseguir ascensos continuamente.

un ascenso otra vezVolvamos al momento que ya te describía, en el banco, cuando Michael revisó mi trabajo no pudo determinar si yo me había equivocado o no porque mi documentación estaba mal organizada e incompleta. Aunque me sentí un poco humillado cuando me pusieron a prueba sólo por un par de meses después de haber comenzado mi primer trabajo permanente, Michael resultó ser un estupendo jefe. Lo que quería era sencillo y correcto. Nada más deseaba que yo trabajara con inteligencia.

Es muy probable que seas pésimo en tu trabajo si no sabes lo que tu jefe quiere. Hoy en día, si sigues los consejos de muchos expertos que brindan asesoría a profesionales, podrías llegar a pensar que tu jefe espera que te pongas una ‘marca’. Es posible que las ‘marcas personales’ estén de moda en estos momentos, pero nosotros no queremos esto. Eso es pura verborrea. Lo que buscamos es honestidad y sinceridad. Tú no eres una corporación, mucho menos eres una vaca.

El jefeCrear una imagen o una personalidad como si fuera una marca para distinguirte es una labor inútil de mercadeo – es una política de autoprotección que te impide trabajar en serio. Si trabajas con inteligencia todo lo que realices generará confianza y tendrá valor – no necesitarás una política de autoprotección porque tus servicios siempre serán solicitados.

Irónicamente, tu jefe no quiere invertir su tiempo para enseñarte lo que significa trabajar con inteligencia. De hecho, a la mayoría de los jefes se les dificulta nombrar 20 herramientas de aprendizaje para trabajar con inteligencia. La mayoría dirán que es un talento innato que tienes o del que careces. Yo no creo ese cuento. Más adelante, encontrarás 20 maneras de ganarte el respeto y la admiración por tu trabajo. Así es que decide tú mismo si ‘trabajar con inteligencia’ puede ser aprendido o no.

No se trata de convertirte en la mascota de tu jefe. A final de cuentas, trabajar con inteligencia es dar un paso por el camino que te llevará a encontrar satisfacción en tu trabajo. Cuando puedas cotejar lo que haces con quién eres como persona, serás feliz en tu trabajo. El problema de ser pésimo en tu empleo es que careces del poder necesario para hacer cambios.

respeto a mis empleadosNecesitas realizar un balance para lograr flexibilidad en tu profesión — eso puede significar dinero en tu cuenta bancario o una buena relación con tu jefe y con tus jefes anteriores (para tener referencias). Puedes conseguir todo esto si trabajas con inteligencia. También podrás renunciar a tu trabajo e iniciar un negocio – si haces esto, tu jefe será el cliente y todas las lecciones que vienen enseguida serán aplicables a tu caso. El chiste es ser efectivo, nada más.

Si estás buscando empleo y quieres trabajar en una gran empresa, las reglas son las mismas. La única diferencia es que todo lo que escribas y digas será examinado con lupa para detectar señales que indiquen cómo realizarás las labores. Si eres malo para buscar empleo, sabemos que no harás bien tu trabajo. ¿Quieres hacer las cosas bien? Usa “La guía completa para buscar trabajo – cómo encontrar empleo en una gran empresa“.

Hay mucho en juego. Hace veinte años, cuando comencé a ejercer mi carrera, la diferencia entre ser un empleado promedio y trabajar con inteligencia era el distintivo entre una buena profesión y una gran profesión. Esto era antes de la aparición del Internet. Hoy en día, trabajar con inteligencia puede significar la diferencia entre tener una carrera y no lograr nada. En estos tiempos tu competencia es radicalmente más dura — ¡El juego ha comenzado!

no te despedí

Tus pensamientos se convierten en acciones así es que escoge sabiamente los consejos que llevarás a la práctica. En la actualidad hay un asesor para profesionistas en cada esquina. La mayoría de ellos no han construido empresas como lo he hecho yo. La mayoría tienen algo que venderte; yo no. Estas lecciones existen porque disfruto enseñar y escribir. Y claro, también espero que compartas esta información y que utilices nuestros buscadores de empleo.

Puedes egresar de Harvard, Princeton, o Yale y no ser bueno en tu trabajo. En la escuela no te enseñan a trabajar inteligentemente. Si tienes un título rimbombante, las expectativas que generarás son muy altas. Si no das los resultados, tu jefe pensará que estás sobrevalorado y es posible que te despida. Por otro lado, si llevas estas lecciones a la práctica darás tu nombre a conocer en el mundo entero sin que tengas un título de una de prestigiosa universidad e incluso sin contar con estudios superiores.

20 COSAS QUE TU JEFE ESPERA DE TI

Principiantes

1. Domina al correo electrónico
2. Domina a la mensajería instantánea
3. ¿Quieres que te tomen en serio? Haz esto.
4. ¿Conoces el camino más corto para ser exitoso en tu trabajo?
5. 2 hábitos que demuestran que eres una persona confiable y madura
6. ¿Tu actitud es sutilmente tóxica?
7. No me interrumpas
8. No me hagas interrumpirte
9. Sé preciso, sé específico y exprésate con franqueza
10. Si no haces esto es posible que te despidan

Más que Principiantes: Controla tu ego

Con experiencia

1. ¿Tienes el ‘factor del acierto’?
2. Nunca hagas esto
3. Cómo manejar tus errores como todo un profesional
4. 10 maneras de mejorar tu inteligencia emocional
5. ¿Estás bloqueando una conversación (cuando crees que estás escuchando)?

Avanzados

1. Trabaja como un cirujano
2. Lo que tu jefe no quiere decirte (y tú necesitas saberlo)
3. Deja de quejarte – asume tu puesto
4. ¿Estás listo para la guerra?
5. Conócete y déjate llevar por tu felicidad

Importante:

  1. Las reglas fueron hechas para ser quebrantadas, pero primero debes dominarlas y luego romperlas.
  2. Mi equipo sabe que no siempre los guío con el ejemplo. Soy mejor en unas cosas que en otras. Especialmente frente a mis debilidades, me gusta ver fortalezas dentro de mi equipo.
  3. Como todo buen jefe, espero contratar gente que sea mejor que yo – ¡quiero formar un equipo que sea más inteligente y mejor que yo!

68 comments…

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    alcubias June 22, 2012, 6:21 am

    There is a great difference in being just a good worker and
    working intelligently. I have had to learn the hard way that it is much easier
    to use God given intelligence to get work done effectively. I used to work as a
    realtor and because I was afraid of asking my more experienced superiors, I was
    bamboozled by co-workers who asked for a percentage of my commission because
    they let me answer calls coming into the office. Fool me once shame on you,
    Fool me twice shame on me. I started working more intelligently and earned my
    full commission.

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    riquisima June 22, 2012, 4:49 pm

    Yo si estoy en acuerdo de lo que dices, excepto quiero incluir que tambien es muy importante de tener sabiduria con junto de inteligencia. Tristamente, muchos tiene inteligencia pero nada de sabiduria. Jefes y trabajadores tiene que poseser sabiduria con junto de inteligencia para hacer los buenos y mejores decisiones sobre sus vidas y la compania en donde trabajan. Inteligenica se define que una persona es educado y sabe mucho tratando de los estudios que ensena en las escuelas. Pero sabiduria se define de que una persona ha vivido la vida y sabe muy bien que es lo que va destruir o mejorar su vida. Asi todos los que trabajan en la misma compania o otra pueden alcanzar a realizar sus suenos con sabiduria y inteligencia.

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    SusyDee July 6, 2012, 11:41 pm

    Estoy de acuerdo con algunos puntos mencionados en este artículo. Sin embargo, creo que el trabajo inteligente se aprende. Nosotros no hemos nacido para trabajar de manera inteligente. Aprendemos a trabajar de manera inteligente a partir de la experiencia y aprender de nuestros errores. En cualquier trabajo, una persona se le enseña cómo trabajar de manera eficiente. Sin embargo, le toca a nosotros en lo creativo que somos en el trabajo de manera eficiente. El hecho de que una persona tiene un título universitario no necesariamente significa que sepan cómo trabajar de manera inteligente. Usted adquiere por experiencia, en mi opinión. Por ejemplo, un método para el trabajo inteligente está buscando atajos. Esto no significa que somos perezosos. Sólo quiere decir que sería más fácil de manejar una carga de trabajo, sin abrumar a ti mismo en hacer las cosas por el camino largo. Hacer un esquema de antemano ayuda mucho y la organización.

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    Yadira Vitela July 6, 2012, 11:56 pm

    Las puertas
    se abren cuando te prepares en la vida. Las oportunidades de trabajo que he
    tenido han sido maravillosas. Al trabajar en diferentes lugares con diferentes
    jefes y compañeros de trabajo te ayuda a crecer profesionalmente y
    personalmente. De igual manera siento que he avanzado mucho. Mi primer trabajo
    fue de mesera a los diecisiete años. Soy Juarense ya que desde mi niñez viví en
    Cd. Juárez, no fue hasta que mi familia decidió mudarse a El Paso y decidí
    estudiar para maestra bilingüe. Pasando el tiempo me gradué de maestra de
    primaria bilingüe en la University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Después de mi graduación
    he tenido la oportunidad de tener dos jefes más en dos escuelas que he
    trabajado. Unos de esos dos jefes es director en una escuela pública y mi otra
    jefa es directora de un centro de aprendizaje. De esos dos jefes he aprendido
    mucho y me han ayudado a seguir creciendo como maestra para los niños de
    nuestra comunidad. De cierta manera me siento afortunada de cruzar camino con
    ellos.

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    Trisha Nava July 10, 2012, 5:27 pm

    I chose Business Management and the concentration in Human Resource Management because I have always been intrigued by the interactions between people and business. I also would like to help people while they are employed with a business so that they are able to succeed. I have had many teachers that have inspired me throughout my education journey and this is why I have remained on the business and human resource path.

    I am a single mom that has been working hard since I had my son at an early age. I am trying to continue higher education so that he is able to be proud of his mother and that he will pursue a college degree as well no matter what obstacles come his way. Since I earned my Bachelor’s degree there have been little opportunities in the area that I live in. I am pursuing a Master’s degree to open up opportunities in the future. Now days it seems that there are more opportunities that require a Master’s degree and I want to be able to qualify for those opportunities after I earn a Master’s degree.

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    Jose July 12, 2012, 4:20 am

    siempre toma notas

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    Jordan July 12, 2012, 4:42 am

    I have been in business with my mother since i was able to count money, starting from selling candy in the flea market in my kids years, while my mother worked from her business of medicine, to dropping off orders for my mother and handing transactions in the store.
    I am going to college for sociology and will continue in business, but i want to “solve” problems in society that push into the work environment and inevitably alter work performance and customer satisfaction. The goal is a double major, sociology and either economics or business, to help my mother take her business to a new level, and open my own research firm to “solve” societal problems.
    Ever since i became aware of how hard it is to just live in this modern society, with bills coming left and right, i understand that having a good work ethic, and even having ones own business, does in fact give that individual a upper hand, and i want to put my self in a position that allows me to not only help my self, but any and all people around me, especially those Hispanic and minority groups who come from other countries that some times don’t have it as easy or don’t have many doors open to them as i do.
    Just because i go to college and get a degree and make thousands of dollar’s a year, does not mean that i am just going to live in my little social circle and forget where i came from and my heritage. My mother came to this country with no papers, and had to work from the age of 16, therefor not being able to get a higher education, just because she had to survive. This is the situation for many people in the U.S, and if i can help them open a little shop in a flea market down the street, or even in the mall around the corner, i have done my job.

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    Fabian Beltran July 13, 2012, 4:36 am

    This article reveals the reality in which we live in today.
    There is no real guarantee for success unless one is able to quickly adapt,
    evolve, and work smart in any environment. Having a college degree or
    graduating form an Ivy League school does not guarantee success, much less
    happiness.

    Just as the author explains in this article, I have
    experienced some of the effects of having a positive attitude every day. As I
    arrived to the U.S ten years ago I was confronted with many difficulties, such
    as being a nineteen year old no previous work experience, having to master the
    language, and not having a college degree. However, I seized the first
    opportunity that was presented to me, simply because I had no other choice. I
    worked my way up at a car rental company where my first job was to clean and
    vacuum cars from sunrise to sunset under the blazing sun of Florida. After
    several months (of working often more than 40 hours per week) I was promoted to
    work as a driver, driving vehicles to different locations. My persistence led
    me to become a sales representative and later a supervisor.

    In short, within a period of a year I had significantly
    increased my income, status, and began building a strong work experience, which
    later helped me obtain a good position at a bank when I moved to Texas with my
    wife. To conclude, I believe that good attitude, persistence, and adaptability
    are some of the greatest assets that we can have in our present time.

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    Jason Rivera July 13, 2012, 5:20 am

    Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con la lección WorkSmart que puede graduarse de una escuela de nivel superior, pero todavía se chupan en su trabajo. Mientras que los mejores programas de grado de nivel sin duda preparar a los estudiantes para sus carreras futuras, tanto en el sector público y el privado, la habilidad para tener éxito en última instancia determinada por unidad de personal, la voluntad de ser un buen trabajador, y su capacidad para ser un jugador de equipo.

    Ser un soldado en el ejército de Estados Unidos, que se encuentra con la gente de una variedad de diferentes orígenes y niveles de instrucción. Para el crédito del sistema de liga de la hiedra de la Universidad, he conocido a un par de los egresados ​​de estas escuelas que son gente humilde y demostrar la capacidad de aplicar su educación a su servicio militar, manteniendo un enfoque sensato para su trabajo y respetando las opiniones de los demás . También he trabajado con jugadores de la Liga Ivy, cuyas cabezas están tan lejos en las nubes que, literalmente, tienen cero capacidad de trabajar como parte de un equipo, porque son demasiado autosuficiente a respetar las opiniones de los demás.

    En última instancia, su educación es algo que los suplementos de sus cualificaciones profesionales – que no es la única base de sus cualificaciones profesionales. Ya sea de graduarse de una escuela de la Ivy League o tener un título de una universidad de la comunidad, los profesionales de los sectores público y privado de hoy en última instancia, serán juzgados por su desempeño, no a sus credenciales académicas. Por esta razón, es fundamental que los profesionales de hoy en día se desarrollan de una manera holística y no creer que una liga de la hiedra o el bien conocido programa de estudios será la única cosa que determina su éxito futuro.

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    Gaby July 13, 2012, 9:06 pm

    En realidad me gustan algunos de los aspectos mensionados en este articulo. Quizas en otros no puedo estar totalmente de acuerdo, ya que no se deberia etiquetar a todos los jefes o empleados por igual, utilizando calificativos en donde solo se llegan a generalisar. todas las situaciones son diferentes y la manera como cada uno procede ante ellas tambien. En mi caso, mis experiencias laborales han sido positivas. Espero poder continuar creciendo bajo estas lindas experiencias!
    Todos los dias se aprenden cosas nuevas, Hay que estar abierto a las buenas oportunidades, ser pro activos, positivos y perseverantes a la hora de querer excelentes resultados.

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    Dory Barros July 16, 2012, 7:08 pm

    Graduating from a career is just the starting point towards
    success. Obtaining a degree will not guarantee that one will receive a job but
    if we are able to adapt, evolve and work in the business environment then our
    chances of thriving will be increased. To obtain our goals we have to work
    smart and grow as professionals.

    I graduated as an undergrad with a degree in Industrial
    Engineering and wanted to pursue a master in Industrial Engineering to perfect
    and amplify my knowledge in this career. As soon as I became an industrial
    engineer I decided to work in order to obtain some experience in the field and
    to determine which way to go for my masters. I worked for two years and
    realized that even though I had the skills, there was much more that I needed
    to learn in order to become a better professional. All my other colleagues had more experience
    than me and had already obtained their masters of MBA’s. Therefore, in order to
    be a part of the evolution of the industry I had to pursue my masters and
    continue to learn more about my career.

    After being accepted by the University my growth was
    significant and my persistence to obtain more out of my career keeps evolving.
    With hard work and dedication everything is possible.

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    John Washington July 17, 2012, 12:48 am

    To succeed in a work place one must be all he can be. By working to your fullest potential you make a impression and standard for yourself. If someone ever tries to make any type of false pretenses on your integrity at the job, you have standards, morals, and ethics built in the company. they know the quality of your work and your presence in the work environment. When put into a hostile environment one must always know how to adapt. That is one of the biggest lessons I learned

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    gmatus77 July 19, 2012, 7:36 pm

    I have had many obstacles in the past and in the
    present, many of them are mainly economical, I grew up in a very modest family
    but hard working, I have always dream that one day I will be able to have a professional
    degree and provide to my family what because of their limitations my family
    couldn’t. I have faith in God that I will finish my education especially with
    your help.
    Muchos de los obstaculos a los que me refiero arriba, he logrado vencerlos con perceverancia y tenacidad. El autor en este articulo, trata de demostrale a la audiencia que la unica manera de realmente sobresalir, vencer las reglas y conquistar el mundo esa traves de del ejercicio profundo del liderazgo y mucha perseverancia. Ninguna escuela o Universidad te da la llave de el exito, eres tu quie la tiene y quien puede hacer la diferencia.

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    Nallely July 24, 2012, 3:46 am

    It is truth about the fact that it doesnt matter from which university people get a degree in order to get a job. For example I have a bachelor degree in International Affairs. How ever, I havent work in that field. I have worked in communications and even in human resources. I think its because the reasons that are mentioned in this article like for example they think we born with experience, but we also need the opportunity to learn by real life not only by school. This article is so true!

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    GenaroBarrios2 July 24, 2012, 10:13 pm

    What Erick Shannon says is true we can not make it far in life if we do not work smart. Having pride in what one does is very important and needed. It means feeling accomplish and working to accomplishing your goals. I have never had a real job, never the less I now what it means to work smart.

    In school, I have always needed to work harder than in anything ales in my life. I had to learn how to manage my time and not give up. The first year of middle school, I was placed in to spatial education classes. When it was time for lunch i tried to avoid my friends because I was ashamed. I decided to work my way out of the spatial education classes and accomplish my goals. The first step I made was to let people know that I was series about excelling is school.I worked hard and tried to help others accomplish the sam thing i was. After a year I was placed in regular classes and wile thy were harder I felt like a huge weight was taken off of me. My goals have only grown and Im willing to work even harder to accomplish them.

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    mbr492 July 25, 2012, 4:11 pm

    I honestly appreciate the advice you give. While my field is bit different, playing the game is just as important. While I’ve always known that I wanted to study neuroscience, exactly what disease or what neurological system to hone in on has not been obvious, nor has it been obvious who I would like to work with. In the current economic climate, it’s even more vital than before that we be willing to play the game. Part of the game for me will be choosing a specialization that is in high demand, that will always get funding from various grant sources so that I may continue to pursue the answers to the questions of my research. Today, there are many graduates in neuroscience who are not able to find positions simply because there is no longer anyone willing to fund the projects they are interested in. I plan on avoiding that problem. I’ve been directly involved in doing research for almost two years and I plan on working for another two as a research assistant before I apply to graduate school. I have a demanding internship through which I do my research and attend weekly seminars appart from my regular course load. I do what the internship asks, and try to give more by putting in more hours than necessary and investing more than just my time into my projects. I don’t see these choices as just more lines on my CV ( in fact, some of the most important choices don’t even show). I see them as what they are, experiences to hone my skills, to show that I’m willing to put in the work, and to help me decide which path to ultimately take.

    I keep in mind that smart choices play an enormous role in making hard work worth the effort.
    At the this year’s Neuroscience conference held by the Society for Neuroscience, I will network and visit the career center, form connections and reach out to professors and researchers I admire, keeping in mind that I’ll be in need of a job next year. I stay on top of my emails and keep in touch with past research associates. It truly is a game, but it’s well worth playing. Graduate school is not simply the next step but an opportunity I truly desire. Now, I just have to continue proving it.

    Thank you for the advice. It’s truly is applicable to all walks of life.

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    agiovany July 25, 2012, 7:58 pm

    This article talks a lot about how to “play the game”, so to speak, but what I got out of it was to do one’s work with honesty and respect for THEMSELVES. Competency is always a very valuable resource but it goes deeper than that. At one point, or many, we may be stuck with a job that we don’t like, whether it be to make ends meet or to gain experience. However, just because you don’t like your job doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t perform at your very best.
    Just as the article said, your thoughts evolve in actions, If you have a negative attitude at a job and as a result of, pick up negative habits, these habits will follow you from job to job, no matter how much you may like your new job. Yes, it is frustrating to work at a job you like, perhaps somewhere far away from where you originally wanted to end but it is always important to take pride in your work.
    For almost nine months I worked at a Starbucks on campus. Like the other employees, I found the work and customers less than agreeable. How I longed to be working in a lab but instead, I was stuck behind a bar making overpriced coffee. Despite this, I put on a smile everyday for the customers and performing to the best of my abilities. What got me through each shift was remembering 1) I am getting REAL experience from this job and I should be grateful and 2) I will establish good habits here to carry on to a more desirable job and be an employee worthy of that job.

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    Milmar M. Ramirez July 25, 2012, 8:38 pm

    Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con este articulo. Lo mas importante cuando conseguimos un trabajo es mantenerlo trabajando con inteligencia. Nuestro jefe no va a estar detras de sus trabajadores ensenandole todo lo que tienen que hacer. Tenemos que como trabajadores ser entusiastes ,inteligentes e trabajadores para poder ganarnos la confianza y el respeto de nuestros jefes. Yo obtuve mi primer trabajo en el departamento de psicologia mostrandole mi entusiasmo por el trabajo. Lo he mantenido trabajando inteligentemente y demostrandole que todo lo que hago lo hago con amor y determinacion.

    Milmar Ramirez

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    C Esparza July 26, 2012, 4:54 am

    This article describes the reality of
    the economy and the workforce today. Nothing in this life is free, and as an
    individual you must be willing to work hard and devote your life to achieving success.
    I believe that through perseverance and an upbeat attitude you can thrive in
    any environment. Through my life I have experienced various obstacles and
    financial hardships but I still managed to work full time, and be involved in
    my education by being an active student body member. I have volunteered in
    bilingual language research to improve the education and opportunities for Hispanics
    here in the United States.

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    Shentina July 26, 2012, 5:15 am

    I strongly agree with the fact that your thoughts become your actions. The mind is powerful, you truly need to know how to use it in your favor because it could be your best friend, but it can also become your worst enemy. Every time you analyze a situation and act smart about it you are expanding your knowledge, not only about the job but your intellectualism too. For example, when managing a company, you need to use your knowledge on the field but you never stop learning from it, so no matter from which school you graduated from, you will keep on adding experience and knowledge to your timeline. Accepting new things, trying new ideas, enforcing new concepts and risking it by being open minded may be the key to success. I will always keep on fighting for what I know I am capable of, learning from mistakes and maturing from success.

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    April Orrantia August 5, 2012, 7:47 pm

    To be the best is not to be a follower or servent for anyone but to accept the help and expirience from those who can guide you to greatness. This article enhances the methods not needed to be explained by the career intended to achieve. To be able to leave a mark at first impresions and proving that a can job done right the first time.

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    charris August 6, 2012, 3:51 pm

    I definitely agree with a lot of what is being said in this article. I work at the Career Services office on my campus and I hear these same things all the time. It is important that we use our experiences outside of the classroom to enhance us when the job search begins as well.

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    Lisa August 6, 2012, 8:40 pm

    There is so much wisdom in this message! I went back to school after seven or eight years of working retail and sales and receptionist positions. No matter which of those positions I was in, I always hit a point where I could go no further. Also, at that point, I always saw myself through the eyes of my bosses. Without an education, I would never be “worthy” of higher pay or recognition. My bosses always seemed to possess the bias that led them to view higher education as proof of the innate intelligence spoken of by the author of this article.

    The point is, I agree that some people have a natural inclination for working intelligently. However, I think having the education, and knowing how to absorb and use that knowledge, is the truly valuable natural ability.

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    Mariam August 7, 2012, 8:44 am

    I agree 100% that you can graduate with high marks from a top university, get the highest grades, or be the (book) smartest in your class, but it is a combination of people skills, balance, experience, willingness to learn, and passion that will help you succeed in a real-world job.

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    Estefania August 10, 2012, 11:33 pm

    I can definitely agree with this article. Now a days although some jobs require a bachelor degree, many don’t really care what your major is. They care about your experience and willingness and efficiency to work. A friend of mine graduated high school early and became an RN but because she lacked experience, she found no job. Another friend on the other hand, has been working smart instead of hard and after a few years of trial and error, he is finally getting those big opportunities he’s been waiting for. He has no bachelor degree but he know how to get along with his bosses and is smart about how he works. Great article!

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    Gabriela S. Valencia August 13, 2012, 9:22 pm

    This article relates to me because I am currently searching
    for a job. I do not have a lot of experience working, but I am a very hard and
    dedicated worker. This helped me a lot in my previous job, and that is
    something my boss loved about me. Other co-workers didn’t put as much
    dedication into the job the same way I did, and I think this article is proves
    that you have to know what your boss is looking for in order to get your job
    done right.

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    Gabriela S. Valencia August 13, 2012, 9:28 pm

    This article relates to me because I am currently searching
    for a job. I do not have a lot of experience working, but I am a very hard and
    dedicated worker. This helped me a lot in my previous job, and that is
    something my boss loved about me. Other co-workers didn’t put as much
    dedication into the job the same way I did, and I think this article is proves
    that you have to know what your boss is looking for in order to get your job
    done right.

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    Emma R. August 15, 2012, 2:30 am

    My work is people oriented, so the cartoon at the top is
    very true. If you are a friendly person you will succeed,
    people want to be around people they like.

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    jmgarc821 August 16, 2012, 2:05 am

    What determines the difference between an ordinary employee
    and a successful employee is the capability to understand the expectations of your superiors and the capability to further expand the expectations that are already predetermined.

    It is essential to portray characteristics that an employer always wishes to have on the team. They can see when an employee is trying too hard or not trying at all. Seeking opportunities towards success is a principal feature in a successful individual.

    All the topics to this article are completely true. Learning how to adapt them in our everyday life and careers is where the struggle begins but also ends when attained.

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    Sarah Bermudez Caudill August 16, 2012, 10:09 pm

    This article is so true. I have learned that “working smart” entails being an efficient employee, organized, and being passionate about what you do. If you are not passionate about the career you choose, you will typically be characterized as average as this article points out and will struggle to be successful.

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    Ysette Ortiz August 19, 2012, 2:41 am

    I can completely relate to the lesson! When I first started working at my job it was very different and fast-paced compared to my previous job. This caused me to make mistakes often, which I was sometimes embarrassed to tell my boss I made. In the end I always learned from the mistakes and they made me better at my job. Now when I help train new employees I can assist them in avoiding to make the same mistakes I made.

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    Cristina Cruz Garza August 20, 2012, 5:08 pm

    First of all for some reason i had to read the article in Spanish, which is fine because I’m from Mexico but I was just wondering why. I think the article describes how most people live day to day. Success can’t be bought you have to work for it

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    Cyndle Camacho August 24, 2012, 5:10 pm

    I have had a job where my boss wanted the work area kept clean, but he said that it was impossible to teach such a skill. Therefore, I had to figure out how to get things done while keeping the area clean. This task was difficult because most of my coworkers didn’t care whether it was messy or not. I soon realized that if as soon a mess was made you clean it up it solves the problem. After some time my coworkers learned to do the same and my boss was pleased.

    As for the other lessons, I have never thought about them that way. I will have to keep this in mind the next time I go out job hunting. It was definitely an eyeopener to the way employer’s may think. I will keep all of these things in mind.

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    Wilfred Rivera August 24, 2012, 6:12 pm

    In this article the harsh but true reality of the world we live in today is displayed.
    The simple fact that no matter how hard you have worked to graduate from a great College or University. It still will not yield instant success or opportunities in the real work force.

    Reading what the author explains as having a positive attitude every day and reaping the effects of doing so. I visualized all of the obstacles I have had to overcome as a Hispanic teacher and being only in my early twenties. But by having such a positive attitude and never letting the negativity divert me from my goals I have had the opportunity to gain the experience that I so desperately needed to began working towards my goals. I would say that has been my biggest blessing staying positive daily and taking the small opportunities I was allowed to have to work towards my goals.
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    Jared Morales August 25, 2012, 12:46 am

    A fancy degree doesn’t automatically guarantee good work. There’s no substitute for experience in the real world. While a degree will put you ahead of the other initiates, there’s always the pressure of catching up with the veterans to secure a spot in your field of work. However, I believe that a good education helps in the view that it sharpens the mind, both in general and in a specific field, providing better recognition for incoming obstacles and threats in the work place. A degree may not mean everything, but it certainly matters. These tips combined with a positive attitude and a good head on your shoulders have the potential to set someone up for life.

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    Rachieeg August 26, 2012, 12:38 am

    It was really awesome understanding that one does not have to become the “boss’ pet” to get ahead in business. One can either learn how to enjoy his or her job or start their own business! There are always options.

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    wilson1 August 28, 2012, 3:34 am

    Cuando estemos buscando un trabajo, es importante que sea un trabajo que nos interese. Por ejemplo, yo trabaje con ninos por un tiempo pero en verdad, a mi no me gusta trabajar con ninos. El trabajo no me gusto para nada y no fui muy exitoso tampoco. Es importante que el trabajo sea lo que nos interese.

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    JGarcia1285 August 30, 2012, 12:44 am

    I have to agree that it doesn’t matter when we get our education. I believe that life and experiences can help us more than learning material from a textbook or a professor. People say that there are people that are book smart and others that are street smart. There have been many great innovators that lack a college degree and have made huge moves. One such person is Bill Gates. While getting a college degree is important in today’s age, there are still people that have made great innovations without it. However, they have people with college degree’s working for them and helping them make their brand or business even better. There is nothing like a college education.

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    Martix August 30, 2012, 8:04 pm

    Estoy de acuerdo con muchas cosas que se discuten en este articulo, pero también ahí cosas que personalmente no creo que sean posibles. Por ejemplo, el articulo dice que se puede aprender a ser buen empleado, y si es cierto pero hasta cierto punto. Una persona que no es organizada, puede INTENTAR serlo, pero le va a costar un montón de trabajo. Usualmente las personas que no son organizadas buscan diferentes estrategias que los ayudan a organizarse y con el tiempo realizan que estos métodos no sirven porque empiezan a perder documentos en sus archivos que no saben donde los dejan por lo mismo que esta todo bien “organizado.”
    Al mismo tiempo el autor de este articulo dice que hay que “trabajare con inteligencia” pero yo opino que mas que trabajar con inteligencia, debemos trabajar con astucia, y ser competente. Si una persona domina el ser astuto y competente esta persona es un buen empleado(a)

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    Martiaga August 31, 2012, 6:14 am

    I believe that in our globalized economy communication is crucial. Communication between groups in the workforce is important in order to be a successful employee. This article shows to prove that establishing a connection with your employers and colleagues will help your career, by familiarizing the skills you hold as an employee. Being able to adapt to the work environment means that, I as an employee, I will be a valuable source to the company. You come to the realization that experiences and adaptability are important in the workforce at times more important than your educational career.

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    leah187 August 31, 2012, 3:12 pm

    This
    is a great article! I always knew there are certain things you need to
    do to be a better, “smarter” worker but could never really put those
    into words. I always tried to follow I my morals told me was the right
    thing to do at work and avoid things that feel lazy. But this article
    has put that thinking into a whole new meaning!

    I was also very intrigued by the fact that good bosses try to hire
    people better then themselves. Now I know that there is ALWAYS room for
    personal and professional growth.

    In my internship this summer, I left the job feeling like my boss
    truly loved having me work on her team. I was treated like any other
    member of the team and she was always pleased with my work. At the end
    of the summer she told me she would like to hire me full time after I
    graduate! I must have done something right. Now that I know that there
    are at least 20 things I can do the work smart, I believe that I a great
    chance of going back to that job, and I will do it even better than
    last time!

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    Jaime A. Calderón August 31, 2012, 4:03 pm

    Estoy de acuerdo con este artículo, Mi primer trabajo fue de mesero, y odiaba mi trabajo. Me hacían trabajar a veces más de once horas diarias. El salario era aceptable, y fue la única razón por la cual no deje mi trabajo de inmediato. Después de eso me sentía renuente a volver a trabajar durante el bachillerato.
    Eso fue hasta que conseguía una oportunidad de pasante en una compañía local en Alemania, el lugar donde estaba viviendo en ese momento. Me dieron la oportunidad de trabajar en el departamento de ingeniería bajo la tutela de el Señor Sicking, o herr Sicking, como lo tenía que llamar. Me encantó lo que hacía en la empresa, podía trabajar horas extras sin ningún problema. Estoy muy contento de haber realizado dicho internado, y ahora me encuentro estudiando la carrera de Ingeniería Industrial en los Estados Unidos.

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    MexiNurse2 September 1, 2012, 1:03 am

    I agree it doesn’t matter if you have 100 degrees. If you don’t work hard at your job or have excellent work ethics then you’ll never succeed. No one can come out of school full of experience, you must live life to gain experience.

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    Hatziri Ramirez September 1, 2012, 1:04 am

    I not only find this article true but rather inspiring. My mother has always told me to follow what I truly want to do, that it does not matter how I get there or where I was going to study to get a degree, that all she wanted was for me to find that one thing I loved and if it could find me a job it would twice as great for me. She would always say that the school and or prestige the school had never really matter, yes, to an extent it makes you look important, however it never guarantees success unless you know how to take what you have learned and put it to us. Thus, I am inspired to see what and where I will end once I finish my studies at UC Berkeley. I want to be able to be recognized not by the name of the school but by the integrity of my name by what I learn and now can put to use.

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    Geisy September 1, 2012, 1:16 am

    I believe that balance is essential in life for success. While solely obtaining a degree would not be all that’s needed in the workplace, I do believe that pursuing an education benefits individuals greatly by allowing them to explore and study subjects that they never would have in the past. Furthermore, I always attempt to keep a positive outlook on life and believe in myself but remain realistic in the goals I set.

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    Jasmin Tobar September 1, 2012, 3:12 am

    I completely agree. Growing up, I used to come home, and complain to my mother about going to a inner City school, and I will never forget her words. ”The school doesn’t make the student, the student makes the Student.” I always carry that notion with me. Yes, many times some educational institutions have more resources and opportunities; however, I am a firm believer that you determine your opportunities. My father always told me that wisdom doesnt always come from a book, but most importantly from life. Life may be your biggest teacher, and it may teach you valuable lessons that you can apply in any aspect of life, including work.

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    Guest September 1, 2012, 5:13 am

    This article reflects what my father has taught me throughout my life. the only factor that can determine whether you are successful or not is you.The article states that graduating from a top university doesn’t mean you will be successful, and i completely agree with that point.

    The best technology, the best school will not make you the best student, the best student is the student that wants to learn, the student that is willing to do the work, the student that is willing to study regardless of the resources available to him. Nothing can replace hard work and the will to keep moving forward. This continues to hold true as time goes by.

    The article also addresses the fact that people they can be successful by being knowledgeable but not an intelligent worker. Others think they can be successful by being an intelligent worker even with a lack of knowledge. it is the balance of these two that will make you successful as the article states. Knowledge plus intelligent application of that knowledge and an intelligent worker is the key to success. The knowledge comes from school but school doesn’t teach how to be a smart worker. that is something that as the article states can be learned by following the 20 steps provided in the article. This is true for engineering, an engineer must know and understand physics but he must also understand how to apply it and how to be effective.

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    Darioandrade September 1, 2012, 5:15 am

    This article reflects what my father has taught me throughout my life. the only factor that can determine whether you are successful or not is you.The article states that graduating from a top university doesn’t mean you will be successful, and i completely agree with that point.
    The best technology, the best school will not make you the best student, the best student is the student that wants to learn, the student that is willing to do the work, the student that is willing to study regardless of the resources available to him. Nothing can replace hard work and the will to keep moving forward. This continues to hold true as time goes by.
    The article also addresses the fact that people they can be successful by being knowledgeable but not an intelligent worker. Others think they can be successful by being an intelligent worker even with a lack of knowledge. it is the balance of these two that will make you successful as the article states. Knowledge plus intelligent application of that knowledge and an intelligent worker is the key to success. The knowledge comes from school but school doesn’t teach how to be a smart worker. that is something that as the article states can be learned by following the 20 steps provided in the article. This is true for engineering, an engineer must know and understand physics but he must also understand how to apply it and how to be effective.
    A worker must be able to adapt and have a good attitude towards his job and his coworkers. It will make the job more satisfactory and others will notice.

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    Becca September 3, 2012, 8:20 pm

    My business professor asked many of the businesses that he used to work for what they would like him to teach his students. They all said that students coming to work for them were very smart, but what they wanted them to know the most was people skills. They don’t teach us how to “work smart” in class or at the job, but these are very important skills to have. It doesn’t matter how smart you are if you don’t know how to work smart.

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    Carla September 10, 2012, 12:08 am

    This is article points out the truth when it comes to different perspectives on job field. Having worked in fast food restaurant, even there one can see the importance of getting along with those who are in higher position as well as showing our skills and intelligence.
    Now that I am a freshman in college, I see the the reality even clearer to which hard work is necessary skill achieve higher goals. Although one can get a degree on a specific field, actually pursuing a career and keeping that job is a different fact to which truly shows ones’ capability of sustaining a job since a bold character is necessary depending on the job.
    Like I said having worked in a fast food restaurant it showed me different aspects of the real world to which this article points out such as the fact that during this time jobs are very competitive and our intellectual capability as well as effort is a must in order to accomplish work. Also the fact that although one does get a degree on a certain field, it doesn’t necessary show us the reality of that specific field, getting the degree is half of the step but actually pursuing and getting a job in that field is whole different step.

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    Erica Puga September 15, 2012, 8:54 pm

    To go to college and complete a degree program takes a great amount of initiative, will power, motivation, and thirst for success. Many people do not have these strengths, but if they truly want to be successful, the opportunities are there. We live in a great country that makes it possible for those who want to succeed, succeed. Although success does not come easy, through hard work, determination, and sacrifice once can achieve it.

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    Ette Guy October 7, 2012, 3:19 am

    Micromanaging is not the best way to help employees become independent..

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    Samm October 13, 2012, 7:20 am

    The way you work and display yourself tells a lot about the kind of person you are. Lazy people don’t get much done and don’t go very far. Bosses want people who will get the job done and well done. People who know their weaknesses become even more stronger, I believe. They know what they need to work on and don’t hold back at any cost.

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    nancy October 23, 2012, 6:48 pm

    The fact that even if you graduate with a good title and still not be good in what you majored in is very true. Just because you have a masters degree or higher in a certain field, doesnt mean that you can get any job that you apply for. During the past few years, it has been getting harder for those who have already graduated to find a job that matches their major. It is very competitive out there in the real world!
    Places want experience. Schools dont provide us with experience. We just get our knowledge from school. Its up to us to convince people we have the enough education to put ourselves into our profession and show them we can succeed with little to no experience.

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    Abraham F. Hernandez November 12, 2012, 7:57 pm

    This article presents us with the idea of how you don’t necessarily need a college degree to be an efficient worker. Some people (especially young people) may take this article the wrong way and think that they do not need to pursue higher education to be successful. On the contrary, higher education provides you with tools like learning another language and learning new things you did not know how to do. Pursuing a higher education can put you in a better standing on the work pool once you graduate and you are competing with many other people for a job.

    Having a degree although does not guarantee you will be better than
    others on the job. Your degree is of no help if you are not willing to
    learn and experience new things at work everyday. Having an open mind is
    essential because you open yourself up to your co workers and this
    creates a better work environment. Nobody wants to work with someone who
    is closed to all types of things such as recommendations; simple things
    like “why don’t you do this this way instead of like that?” Having an
    open mind can lead you to realize or see things that you did not see
    from your perspective but that other people around you do see.

    The
    most important thing about working is putting a lot of pride in what
    you do. Putting pride in your works pushes you to give it your all and
    to be proud of your outcome; something that you do not acquire by going
    to a university. With pride and dedication everything is possible. So
    what if you did not go to a prestigious university? That does not
    restrict you to not make the best of what you are put against and be
    successful in what you do.

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    Jmrn93 November 15, 2012, 5:55 pm

    There are many ways to interpret this article, but the one message that stands out the most to me is the following: In order to be successful, you must believe in what you’re doing. That’s
    one thing that many universities and schools all across the world never teach
    you. I mean, just ask yourself, “how can you reach success (whatever that “success”
    may be) when you aren’t motivated?” I’ll tell you, you can’t.

    When you aren’t passionate about what you’re doing or you simply don’t believe in
    it, it’s easy to give up and call it a day. On the other hand, when you do
    believe in what you’re doing, this leads to persistence. It’s this quality in
    any individual that makes the unimaginable, reality. I could write about this
    for hours and dissect this article into little slivers, but there’s no need to. Because
    honestly, it’s this simple; when you’re true to yourself, and establish and stick
    to principles that you live by through thick and through thin, while working
    towards your goals, then you’ll be successful.

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    Sbaz November 16, 2012, 9:35 pm

    This guide was full of extremely helpful information for job efficiency. I have a fast food job, but it is nowhere near as intensive on communication as a typical office job. Most of the tips for communication with one’s boss I will use in my future jobs. The advice on working smarter and being a better person in the workplace I will use in my current job. By applying the advice described, will help the restaurant work better and with less errors and it will make the working environment much more pleasant. Overall, these tips seem like a great rulebook for excelling in the workplace.

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    Mina December 1, 2012, 12:02 am

    My father taught me that we make our life the way we want to make it. If one wants to succeed in a career one must make the best of all it’s aspects. I have found that taking initiative and giving people respect goes a long way. How one treats others is how one will be treated. I also have found that having a spirit of pride in one’s work changes environments.

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    Darinka Gomez December 2, 2012, 1:03 am

    When starting off working, one probably has to start from the bottom and climb up all while gaining experience to a better position. The person in the article started as a disaster in the job, having to learn from his mistakes and learning to please his boss. I agree with the fact that you need to learn to understand what your boss wants and working with intelligence. It is also true that the experience you have has a lot to do with your success, and at the end of the day, the university you received your degree from is not as important.

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    Libby December 6, 2012, 4:32 pm

    What I got out of this article is that experience speaks for itself. One can have all the education in the world, followede by degrees but if you do not have th experience and have been challenged, by a co-worker, trainer or boss, you will remain comfortable in your own shell. There are people who are comfortable just doing their regular duties, but there are those like me who want to learn from their mistakes, experience a challange and move up in an organization. This article had many good ponts one of the articles I enjoyed was the one that gives ten points on a how a person can relax instead of being stressed and how to approach situations that come aboard as an employee.

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    Javier Maldonado December 7, 2012, 6:10 am

    This article reflects the need for people with critical thinking in today’s workforce. This skill set will set you apart from the rest or leave a “mark” as the article mentions. However, this “mark” is not of the type mentioned that will lead to the bad marketing or being popular (mainly artificial and not related to any skill set needed on the job). Instead, this mark will set you apart because you are using the grey matter inside of your head to the potential that it was meant to be used for. This is the “working using intelligence” means in the context of the article above.

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    Georgie December 9, 2012, 3:40 am

    There is not doubt that experience trumps a college degree in the workforce, especially on the career path that I currently walk, of Art and Animation. Plenty of big name studios and even small time private in-house production companies are hesitant to hire an artist right out of school, simply because they lack necessary experience (even if their artistic skill is strong). In todays day and age an artist (especially an art student) needs to prepare for the future by gaining this experience early. Apply for internships to open doors within the industry, place your mark of recognition, and grow as a professional.

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    Oscar Ardila December 18, 2012, 6:13 pm

    I can say I have a main professional goal, and
    that all I have done and all I am doing today is oriented toward achieving that
    goal. Before stating it is necessary for me to explain that as a Colombian I
    believe music in particular and the arts in general can contribute to solving
    my country’s internal conflicts because the more knowledge about ourselves we
    can obtain, the more conscious we can be about others and this means tolerance.
    I believe as well, the arts can bring the Colombian people the opportunity to
    think about themselves, to recognize their lives and history as a community and
    to be aware of other ways to think about and to understand differences. Also,
    arts can provide a long term goal and a life project irrespective of financial
    circumstances for young Colombians.

    Those are the main reasons that I have chosen
    this specific path in arts administration and my main professional goal: to own
    and manage an organization dedicated to promoting Colombian arts both at the
    national and international levels. That organization has been already started
    with “Ruta Libertadora,” a non-profit organization I have founded.

    It is clear to me as a musician and as a
    teacher that it is not enough to have an artistic background or research
    experience in order to work in the arts administration field. There are lots of
    aspects to consider when working as a project leader or as a company manager;
    financial, administrative, management and legal skills related to procedures
    are required to manage artistic projects. All those aspects are part of the
    proficiency I want to acquire during my graduate studies because they are
    essential to achieve my future goals. On the other hand, thanks to LatPro I
    have realized that I need to be effective, and to align what I do with who I
    am, it is simple but I am sure that those advices will make the difference.

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    curiel93 December 19, 2012, 5:21 pm

    No matter where you have received your undergraduate diploma, you still have the same opportunity to thrive in this world. It all depends on your character, ambition, and where you see yourself in this world. Myself, coming from the University of Arizona, could and will be studying in Medical school with people my age that studied undergraduate in an Ivy League School.

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    Alan Ng Wu December 24, 2012, 12:26 am

    Most students in the United
    States decide to go to college in order to obtain a higher education.
    While some students are attached to the arts, I am attached to the
    sciences. I see science as the source to improve people’s quality of
    life. This personal definition has guided me to choose Chemical
    Engineering as my major. While taking the courses to become a
    chemical engineer, I have confronted numerous obstacles such as,
    living away from my parents and adapting to a new language. Even
    though I am at a disadvantage for not being a fluent English
    speaker, I believe I can overcome all the obstacles with dedication
    and sacrifice. These two factors will help me achieve my degree in
    Chemical Engineering, which has an enormous personal significance. By
    obtaining my degree, I can demonstrate that dreams go beyond a
    student’s economic background.

    When knowing that science
    could improve people’s lives, I decided to become a chemical
    engineer. Through this profession, I will help people who suffer from
    health diseases. My guardian is a cancer patient who has survived the
    detrimental consequences of such terrible disease. In the present
    time, my guardian can enjoy the time with his family because of the
    advances in science. In addition to cancer, my guardian has diabetes.
    This condition does not allow him to have a balanced life; however,
    with the availability of insulin, he is able to carry a normal life.
    These experiences motivate me to make other people’s life better. The
    only way to better other people’s life is through education.

    While carrying out my
    studies at Penn State University, I have come across many obstacles
    such as, living away from my family and facing hardships in the
    language. I chose Penn State because it had better educational
    resources- the key to increase my knowledge. Colleges in Puerto Rico
    face many economical hardships and most of the time when economic
    factors are present, a student’s learning is hindered. Furthermore,
    as a Spanish speaker, adapting to the language has not been easy.
    Even though English courses in college are difficult, I have passed
    them with excellent grades because I have put my effort and
    dedication by going to tutoring many times a week. Sacrifice will
    indeed lead me to my degree.

    My degree in Chemical
    Engineering has a personal significance because I will be able to
    show other students that dreams go beyond a student’s economic
    background. A student’s economical class does not determine a
    student’s future. The future is created by us through work and
    effort. As a low-class student, I will motivate low-class students
    who have the mistaken idea that class determines a person’s future.
    Thus, this degree will motivate low-class students to strive for
    higher education, which is an important element leading to improved
    lives.

    Beliefs and experiences
    have helped me choose Chemical Engineering, a major improving
    people’s lives. This major will motivate other low-class students who
    have dreams but not enough economical resources to afford college.

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    Alan Ng Wu December 24, 2012, 12:27 am

    The article focuses on the importance
    of morals and values. They can build a strong relationship between
    the employer and employee so that the business can be prosperous. An
    employee who has a good-standing morale is trusted by the employer
    and most of the times the employee is rewarded in many ways such as,
    a wage raise or a higher position. Morals and values are admired by
    the employer because they ensure the success of the business. Ethics
    are not the only factors ruling an exemplar employee because skills
    are becoming more crucial with the development of technology.

    In our current society, employees who
    have fresh skills are more likely to survive or remain in the
    business world. With technology advancing every day, an employee must
    learn many modern things such as, sending an e-mail, using the
    internet, etc. Employers look for employees who can put in practice
    new skills. Skills as well as heart are necessary to work
    effectively.

    If an employee works with the heart,
    not only for money, an employee is more likely to succeed in the
    workplace. From my past experiences, I have seen many people who work
    only for money. These types of employees are less likely to remain in
    a job. The employer takes into account the enthusiasm an employee
    puts into the job, the key to remain in as a trusted worker. The job
    quality these employees demonstrate is perceived not only by the
    employer but also by the customers. Heart in the job will bring
    profitability to the business because customers appreciate these
    little things. The business will profit along with the employee.

    To sum up, morals and values are
    essential factors that an employee must have in order for the
    business to be successful. In addition, human capital or knowledge on
    modern things are becoming more crucial to survive in this developing
    society. Lastly, heart in the job also benefit the person and
    business. These help establish the strong relationship between the
    employee and employer and at the same time, make a business
    prosperous.

    I would recommend this article to
    other students who also work because they will learn how to be better
    workers. Also, they will know how to build a strong relationship with
    the employer.

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    Concepcion Torres January 1, 2013, 2:49 am

    Esta situacion es una la cual creo que todos hemos pasado o nos falta por tener como experiencia en nuestras vidas como profecionales. Yo me identifico con este relato porque e aprendido que por muy embarasoso que sea tener a tu jefe o superior corejir y direjir como hacer un mejor trabajar, a la larga es lo mejor. No solo aprendes nuevas technicas de ser tu trabajo corectamente pero tambien te hace una mejor persona. Cuando puedes admitir tus errores y aceptar consejos de como hacerlo mejor la proxima vez creces como profecional y como persona. Es importante aprender a recibir critica constructiva.

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