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Tips for career success in the following articles.

Catherine Hsieh, Talent Development Trainer, for EF China offers career coaching, leadership training and professional development courses to teachers and managers at EF China.

Tips for success

Whether you plan to stay at EF for a year or ten years, you will have an experience here. There are lots of things that you can do to make sure that this experience is a positive one and allows you develop skills and abilities that you will use in the future. Use 'SUCCESS' to remember seven helpful tips...

Managing Perceptions

No matter how open minded we think we are, we all judge! Every time you encounter someone new, your mind goes through a series of automatic steps, and whether you are consciously aware of it or not, these steps inform our opinion of the other person in what we call the first impression. Learn how to make a great one...

Jungle gyms and ladders

This week I came across Sheryl Sandberg’s quote “Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder”. I realized that while I agree with that statement now, I didn’t always. But it wasn’t Sandberg that made me ditch my ladder and jump onto the jungle gym. It was a friend of mine who got me thinking about my values...

Managing conflict

It’s an inevitable part of every professional’s life that at some point we will work with someone we disagree with. But all too often the situation is made worse by the fact that instead of addressing difficulties directly with the person, we waste time and energy thinking about past or future interactions with them, or worse, complaining to other colleagues about them. ‘Conflict’ does not have to be a dirty word – it can be something that we respond to in a healthy and productive way....

Networking for success

Does the thought of networking send shivers down your spine? Does it remind you of your first day at a new school where groups of people played happily together and you didn’t know anybody? Or does it conjure up images of sleazy politicians back slapping each other in order to progress? No? That’s how I felt about networking until very recently. But whether you like it or loathe it, networking is a useful skill to master in almost all careers...

 

The following links will take you to some interesting articles about building a career.

When It Comes to Finding Your Path. Don't Overthink. Do.

For most people, it takes years or decades to find a calling, a passion or a field. There is no real timeline for when someone will figure things out or will finally arrive at an endeavor she will love. But the only way to get there is by trying many things. A passion or calling just doesn't manifest itself. Learn more...

Applying Entrepreneurial thinking to getting a job

You have to take a page out of the many famous innovators' books and create demand for yourself.Degrees do not effectively articulate your ability to execute in an environment or that you can create value and effectively deliver a return on investment.  Learn more...

Push yourself and think big

Push yourself. Learn new things. Think big. Listen actively. These sentences are common, concise, and simple yet very powerful if one applies them to their daily lives. These simple sentences have the power to make the common unique as well as turn your life around by 180 degrees. Learn more...

Think big and never stop learning

Giles Henderson, Director, Media & Channels at VML Qais and now he shares with us some of the most important lessons he has learned in his career, how he got into advertising and the power of constantly having the passion for continuously learning. Learn more...

VIDEOS

TED Talk: The Key to Success is Grit

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success. Watch...

TED Talk: Your body language shapes who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Watch...

TED Talk: 10 ways to have a better conversation

When your job hinges on how well you talk to people, you learn a lot about how to have conversations -- and that most of us don't converse very well. Celeste Headlee has worked as a radio host for decades, and she knows the ingredients of a great conversation: Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. Watch...


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