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Apart from being Highly self-motivated and goals driven, very dynamic and innovative, and possesses team spirit. what other factors can help me in my career ?


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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Kakwi,

If I could encourage the development of one aspect to everyone entering the workforce, it is communication. I mean all forms, by the way: written, spoken, body language, etc.

I have seen so many brilliant people who shoot themselves in the foot because they cannot clearly communicate their ideas to their colleagues. I've seen terrible ideas win over good ideas because the person fighting for the good idea just could not inspire or clearly communicate its value. I would highly recommend people take courses on communication, read more books, watch great speakers on youtube, and just try talking to people who they usually do not talk to (this will help you more than just about anything).

Once you can command your forms of communication effectively, you'll have a leg up from your competitors and your peers. When interviewing, you'll stand out as the candidate that didn't just clearly communicate their answers, but someone who without alerting the interviewer, made sure the interviewer knew why you were such a good candidate. When going through promotion cycles, your manager will know all the work that you accomplished and why they were important to the company, which will help make sure you are valued. And when you're having any kind of issues at work, you'll be prepared to make the best case for yourself, which will help you get what you want.

I hope this was helpful!

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Thank you 😊 Kakwi K.

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Lakeisha’s Answer

Hey Kakwi,

I love the great qualities you already strive on!! Kudos to you =)

In the great words of philosopher Confucius, " Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in life." Go for what you love!! When you love your job/career it brings excitement, drive and a love that motivates you to want to always give it your all. Stick to something you are good at and enjoy doing it.

Connect with a mentor who you feel will help guide you and be that voice to make sure you have all the tools/resources to further develop your career. Be open and receptive to feedback as long as its coming from a genuine place. Lastly, network and build. I've been with Verizon for 10 years with 3 different job titles. I've been able to expand my knowledge, grow and learn!

Hello Lakeisha! Wow wow you’re superb, will like you to be my mentor and I will like to discuss better with you! xx Kakwi K.

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Jamie’s Answer

I have found that keeping organized is a key quality to being successful. I plan each day out hour by hour with my tasks that i need to accomplish, emails i need to respond to and calls i need to attend. It helps me to stay on top of all my projects and open items. I also find that building a solid relationship with your coworkers and colleagues can go a long way. Always find a mentor and learn and grow from them. I am lucky to have a few within my organization. I continue to grow and become inspired by them daily.

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Kateena’s Answer

I would say having passion, tenacity, and have your own niche in your field will set you part from the rest. This will allow more opportunity and success.

Thank you xx Kakwi K.

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Tia’s Answer

Great question!

Communication and Emotional Intelligence are 2 factors that I find beneficial in my career.

Communication has transformed mostly to digital in today's business, so the world is shifting from communicating in face to face to messages conveyed through emails. instant messaging, text, etc . Knowing how to communicate effectively this way is important. And also knowing when it is best to pick up the phone or schedule a face to face. I would also suggest looking into Communication Neighborhoods to help you better understand how others communicate compared to yourself.

Emotional Intelligence is gaining a lot of traction lately. There are several books out there that have assessments (such as Emotional Intelligence 2.0) that you can utilize to help you better understand where you are in terms of EQ and what you can do to improve.

Hey Tia !! I really do appreciate you option and I will like to learn more from you. Hope we can keep the conversation moving? xx Kakwi K.

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Mark’s Answer

I would focus on the following as a Top 5 to really hone your skill set and differentiate yourself in the work place:
- Effective communication: work to improve and master communication skills both written and oral (live). Take the time to practice public speaking to both small and large groups alike. Your ability to deliver key messages will always be key.
- Change Agent: work to become adaptable to any and all changes that come your way. The only thing that remains constant in life is change and so being an effective change agent becomes a critical skill set as you grow your career.
- Knowledge; commit to being a lifetime student and always be curious. This is important as you get further into your career and it is important to have subject matter expertise in your field in addition to strong general knowledge of the industry you are in and world around us
- Stay Fresh: Always come out of the comfort zone and take on new challenges and opportunities
- Personal Brand Creation: this is one of the most important things to consider as you embark on your career. You want to create a brand of integrity and reliability at the core, but then one that differentiates you from others. This is earned and not given, and takes a long time to perfect.

Mark recommends the following next steps:

Always seek coaching and feedback on how you are doing with respect to these focus areas

Thank a lot Kakwi K.

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Dennis’s Answer

Honesty, and when dealing with others, keep your conversations to the facts!

Thanks Dennis Kakwi K.

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Estelle’s Answer

Sounds like you have a great personality! As a physician, I would focus on my resume. Get good grades and valuable shadowing experience in the field of your choice.

Thanks a lot xx Kakwi K.

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David’s Answer

Your mindset, your time management, yourself (passion, dedication, determination), those are the thing you have to put as priority or prioritize in order to help yourself in your career. Always aim high and do take time to look back to see what can be change or adjust and build upon it. If have to build a brand for yourself so people know you and want to learn or follow you that way you can be a leader and lead not only just people but yourself as well to a great successful pathway of your career. Everything is about learning and developing, if you don't learn or develop yourself you will fall behind and society will consider you as outdated then you are gone.

Thank you 😊 Kakwi K.

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Mallory’s Answer

Find something you are passionate about. It helps to have an area of focus and direction. It could be art, music, film, photography, animals..anything! Try to think of ways to combine your passion with volunteering. If you love animals - volunteer at a local shelter. If you love photography - offer to take pictures of your school's productions. Lots of interviews in your future will ask you what you are passionate about and how it fits into your life.

Thank you 😊 Kakwi K.

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Katherine’s Answer

I believe that professionalism and positivity are great traits to have and develop, especially if you have aspirations to grow as a leader in your organization.

Thanks a lot Katherine xx Kakwi K.

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Karen’s Answer

Creating a "brand" for yourself ... I think the best way to market yourself is to work as a team leader ... when others say great things about you, because of your work, becuase you give credit to others, because you get a great result...that's how your brand develops, and opportunities open up.

Thanks Karen, I appreciate xx Kakwi K.

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Tracy’s Answer

This is a great question! I think being an independent and strategic thinker/problem solver are other really important skills to have. This shows that you're able to jump in, figure things out and be an asset to the team. Innovation is another characteristic that often goes a long way with companies, especially those that are team member/employee focused and love hearing different perspectives. I have found a lot of success leveraging these skillsets in my career and think you will, too!

Thank you xx Kakwi K.

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Katherine’s Answer

I believe that professionalism and positivity are great traits to have and develop, especially if you have aspirations to grow as a leader in your organization.

Thanks a lot Kakwi K.

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Gloria’s Answer

A mindset of lifelong learning is good thing to have in any career. It is important to stay up with trends in your current field, taking courses on new things. And frankly, it can't really hurt to go back every few years and relearn something. Sometimes you just forget best practices and need the reminder. In addition, be interested in things outside of your career as well. Volunteering is a good way to do that. You will maybe learn something new and you will meet people outside of your career field. Hobbies are another way to stay engage with learning something new. You never know when something you learn about is going to help you do your job better. I am in the Learning and Development field. I have been doing it for 25 years. The greatest challenge to individuals in my field is simply remembering what it was like to learn something new. My job is usually to teach someone something that they don't know. Some of my fellow L&D professionals have forgotten what it's like to be new to something. And their L&D efforts reflect that. They lose patience when people struggle to get something the first time. They don't provide enough detail in instructions on how to do something. I am always trying to learn new tools and try new things in my personal life because it reminds me how hard learning really is. This personal focus serves me in the service I provide to others. And all that goes back to making sure that I am always learning something new. Plus it is very interesting to tell people that I have studied five languages but can only speak two of them with any level of competence.

Thanks Gloria, I appreciate your answer ! ✌🏽 Kakwi K.

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Diane’s Answer

Advice that I try to live by and gave my children is “give them more than they ask for”. It’s kind of like going the extra mile. Think about what might be the next question or next step and strive to include that in your work efforts. It’s a good habit to develop, gives you an edge, and is something you can apply to both inside and outside of work.

Thank you xx Kakwi K.

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Jorge’s Answer

The characteristics you outlined are a very good start. My advice would be to include Leadership as one of the fundamental pieces you bring to the table. In most organizations finding strong leaders is often a difficult task. In most cases I would prefer to take a strong leader with limited skills that can be taught vs someone that has the skills however no leadership qualities. Leadership while broad is based on three key pillars:

- Communication: Able to communicate up, down and across the organization. This is generally one to the most difficult things to do however it can certainly be a learned skill and an area we can develop with work and practice.

- Development : You must have a passion for growth. Take the initiative to develop yourself and ensure you have a genuine interest in helping those around you become better both personally and professionally.

- Motivate and Inspire: Having the ability to motivate and inspire other is critical and trait highly desired in the business world.

Hope this helps and best of luck to you.


Thanks a lot Jorge Kakwi K.

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Kevin’s Answer

I've been in a bunch of different jobs and roles. If there's one thing that all these different jobs taught me is, having those hard skillsets can only get you so far. What happens when you make a mistake in your job? What happens if your manager or supervisor offers you some constructive criticism on how to improve, or what you can do better? Every individual should see these opportunities as areas of growth and learning. This is often referred to as a growth mindset.

When you have a growth mindset, you demonstrate the ability and capacity to learn and improve and become a better individual, rather than stay complacent or be too arrogant to improve. In any career, constructive criticism, mistakes, failure - these are bound to happen. With a growth mindset, you listen and you learn to the feedback you are given and you emerge as a more well-rounded employee. It's great to be motivated, goal driven, and innovative; but if you are open to growing and learning, you'll become a better and better person, both professionally and personally.

Hope this helps!

I appreciate! xx Kakwi K.

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Shannon’s Answer

In addition to your current attributes, you may want request informational interviews with individuals who are in positions of interest to you. They may be able to provide you guidance and possibly be a mentor to you during this personal/professional journey. Additionally, you may want located different groups on Linked-In that may also assist with your endeavors. I hope this was helpful.

Regards,

Shannon C. Steward, MS, MBA
Verizon

Lot of appreciate Shannon😊😊 Kakwi K.

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