Habits You Should Develop To Become A Better Professional
By Khadejah Stegall
Khadejah is a part of the TLC College Ambassador Program and attends North Carolina A&T University.
Summer is the break everyone looks forward to as a college student. For some, it could mean working at an internship in a city they’ve always dreamed of living, going back to their hometown to work or spending the summer with family and friends before starting a new chapter in life. Whichever one you are doing, it’s a great time to use the summer to develop consistent habits that will lead to you becoming a better professional. We advise developing the following habits to help you in your future career.
Building A Strong Network
Your Network is your net worth and this is why it’s important to nurture relationships of people that you meet. What many people fail to do is network with people they interact with on a daily basis. Of course it is recommended to build a genuine relationship with people in power, but you want to build a relationship with your colleagues as well. They may be in a position to help you get a job one day. Be careful how you treat people and never burn any bridges.
Reading About Your Industry Everyday
One habit that leaves a recruiter impressed by a candidate is when he or she knows about the industry of their desired field. When you are able to articulate news industry about a company, it could gain you some serious points and leave a great first impression.
Staying Up To Date On World News
Although the news can be depressing, it’s important to know what is happening in the world. When you develop a habit of knowing about different industries such as sports, politics and more, you can have a conversation with just about anyone. In the world we live in today, sometimes you have to read up on subjects that don’t interest you to connect with people in the world. You don’t have to fake that you like it; just become knowledgeable about the subject.
Waking Up Early To Get Stuff Done
The morning is the best time to clear your mind and be productive. In a 2008 Texas University study, college students who identified themselves as “morning people” earned a full point higher GPA than those who were “night owls” (3.5 vs .2.5). Good grades help students secure better opportunities depending on your field. If you develop a habit of sleeping in, you won’t have enough time to get a lot done and it leads to procrastination and never reaching your goals. Many CEOs and successful entrepreneurs have a habit of waking up early. It’s time you develop one too.
Giving Back To Others
It’s better to give than to receive. We are always looking for someone to give us the next opportunity and focused on ourselves that sometimes we forget to give back and that may be the reason why our blessing is blocked. You could mentor someone at your school, volunteer at a local boys and girls club or create an initiative for a cause you are passionate about.
Attending Conferences Related To Your Interest
Read up on conferences that will benefit you. To figure out the best conferences for you to attend, it’s a good idea to ask a mentor which conferences they recommend.
Reading and Applying Self-Help Articles and Books
It’s not enough to just read a book on how to become a better you. You need to actually make a plan on how you are going to apply the advice to your life. Knowledge isn’t anything without action. That becomes real power.
This is one of the most important habits because if you fail to have discipline, then you will not reach a lot of your goals or become better. Find out what motivates you and think about that every time you don’t feel like doing something that could benefit you, which could range from working out or getting up early to attending a conference.
Many people don’t reach their goals as a professional because they don’t develop consistent habits. If you develop the habits above, you will see a shift in your professional life that will benefit you.
Khadejah Stegall is a college mommy blogger that inspires others to achieve the impossible through the power of Jesus. She enjoys family time, eating vegan meals when it's convenient and mentoring others on professional development. To be inspired by more post, follow her blog at khadejahstegall.com.