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Ch 5: Success in Your Career

About This Chapter

The lessons in this career-based chapter provide guidance on how to become a better employee and tips for changing careers. This information can assist you when it's time to make career decisions.

Success in Your Career: Chapter Summary

Deciding what career path to take and determining how to transition to a new career may be frustrating. In order to help you make an informed decision, this chapter provides information and tips on such topics as interpersonal skills, job stress, work ethics and career stages. This chapter includes:

Advancing in your career

Once you've decided to move ahead in your career, you should first set your career goals. Networking, research and setting realistic expectations are some of the subjects addressed in this lesson.

Understanding job commitment

A dedicated employee typically works harder and strives to do better, unlike an employee who dreads going to work and just relies on getting their paycheck. Which worker do you identify with? Get more information about how committing to a job is beneficial.

An overview of career stages

Once you've decided to alter your career, you'll likely go through four stages, according to experts. Let our guidance counselors explain each of these paths and their impact on your career change.

Types of work ethic

Learn the difference between having a poor and strong work ethic. Through short video lessons, you'll understand the factors that contribute to each of these ethics and the effect it has on your career.

Characteristics of a team player

Are you a team player? Do you need tips on how to become a better worker? In this lesson, you'll read about the characteristics of team players.

Importance of interpersonal skills

It's inevitable that you'll encounter an array of different individuals while employed. The seven types of interpersonal skills are described in detail so that you can strengthen your interaction with co-workers.

Ways to communicate efficiently

Do you struggle with getting your point across? With a few practical tips, you'll be on your way to mastering efficient communication.

The law vs. workplace ethics

This lesson examines the differences between what is legally allowed in a workplace versus one's beliefs. This information can be useful if you should encounter a dilemma of this sort at work.

How to manage conflict

If you struggle with ways to manage workplace conflict or need tips on how to handle conflicts better, this video lesson can help you. Let our counselors give you tips to help you navigate conflict.

Handling job stress and time management

Through short videos on this topic, you'll learn how to manage stress and use your time effectively. Read about the impact stress and improper time management can have on achieving your work goals.

Changing your career direction

It's stressful enough applying, getting in and completing college, but if you no longer feel passionate about your major, you need guidance. This lesson focuses on how you can still enter into a dream career while keeping the same major.

Pursuing a graduate degree

The decision to earn a graduate degree is a personal one and depends on one's career goals. With a series of questions to ask yourself, this lesson can help you be on your way to deciding to attend graduate school.

Changing careers

If you've been itching to take the leap and do something you love, the content of this lesson can guide you. Here, you'll find tips, such as making a plan, identifying the education needed and implementing the plan.

13 Lessons in Chapter 5: Success in Your Career
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How to Advance in Your Career: Process & Expectations

1. How to Advance in Your Career: Process & Expectations

How do you get a promotion or move to a better job? Watch this lesson for tips and tricks to advance in your career, including how to set goals and be proactive when it comes to career success.

Job Commitment: Definition & Overview

2. Job Commitment: Definition & Overview

Are you wondering how you can feel more committed to your job? Do you also wonder how you are contributing to your organization? Read on to find out more about job commitment and how it can not only benefit an organization, but you as well.

Career Stages: Establishment, Advancement, Maintenance & Withdrawal

3. Career Stages: Establishment, Advancement, Maintenance & Withdrawal

A career stage model explains the four stages that individuals pass through in their careers. The four stages consist of establishment, advancement, maintenance and withdrawal.

How Your Work Ethic Impacts Your Career

4. How Your Work Ethic Impacts Your Career

Work ethic is one of the most important factors in your success or failure in your career. This lesson discusses how having a good work ethic can create opportunities and help your career soar.

Team Player at Work: Definition, Characteristics & Example

5. Team Player at Work: Definition, Characteristics & Example

Are you in need of a team player or trying to become one? Having to be a team player is becoming more common in organizations today. Check out this article to find out more about what a team player is and the different characteristics one has.

Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace: Examples and Importance

6. Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace: Examples and Importance

The ability to communicate within an organization depends heavily upon people's interpersonal skills. These are the tools people use to interact and communicate with individuals in an organizational environment.

What is Efficient Communication? - Definition & Skills

7. What is Efficient Communication? - Definition & Skills

In this lesson, you will learn what is efficient communication and how it can be mastered in business. While efficient usually means brief, this lesson will also address an alternative way that a message can be delivered if brevity is not suitable.

The Difference Between Workplace Ethics and the Law

8. The Difference Between Workplace Ethics and the Law

In this lesson, you will learn the difference between workplace ethics and the law through a comparison of two employees who each view a situation differently at their job.

Conflict Resolution: Managing Conflict in Organizations

9. Conflict Resolution: Managing Conflict in Organizations

Conflict can be solved in many ways. This lesson provides an overview of the different types of conflict resolution strategies, including avoidance, accommodation, competition, compromise, and collaboration.

Time Management & Job Stress

10. Time Management & Job Stress

Time management is something we all deal with as our lives get more hectic. In this lesson, we will address time management and the stress it can put on an individual in the workplace.

What If You Change Your Mind? - Smart Ways to Choose a New Career

11. What If You Change Your Mind? - Smart Ways to Choose a New Career

What if you are almost done with college, and you change your mind about what career you want to pursue? In this lesson, we'll look at how to make a transition to a new career choice, using your current major and skills.

Do You Need A Graduate Degree? - Questions to Consider

12. Do You Need A Graduate Degree? - Questions to Consider

Graduate school can be a great opportunity for some people, but it's not for everyone. In this lesson, we'll examine the costs and benefits of graduate school, how to figure out if grad school is right for you, and decisions to be made about attending it.

Changing Careers: Using Your Talents in a New Way

13. Changing Careers: Using Your Talents in a New Way

Changing careers can be an exciting, but overwhelming, prospect. In this lesson, we'll examine how to make a smooth career change, including researching career prospects, identifying transferable skills, and networking.

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