u Be coachable, be willing to learn, and be able to communicate. Too much of what we call communication today is something else much lower than the ideal. While it is nice to be able to tweet, text, and post, there is a real need to be able to communicate well face-to-face and in writing – skills that will never go out of date.
u Your attitude is always on display. While you may have to do a lot of menial jobs that you don’t want to and that don’t seem to fit with what you worked so hard to be able to do, the attitude with which you do them is always visible. Not only do others see your attitude in your actions, but they will also use what they see to judge you.
u Network. Those who are working in the positions today are those who found a way to get their foot in the door and stay. Study them (most have bios that can be found online), shadow them, and seek them out for advice.
While there were many more suggestions shared with the students, these are five that apply to anyone and are always good to be reminded of every now and again.
Emmett Dulaney is an Anderson resident and the author of several books on technology. His column appears Tuesdays.