ERIC Number: ED435038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Good Work Ensures Employment Success. Myths and Realities No. 2.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
It is a myth that skills alone ensure employment. Other keys to workplace success include continuous learning, emotional intelligence, networking, flexibility, and commitment to business objectives. Although academic degrees, skill certifications, and other documentation of accomplishments provide access to employment, they are significant only at the time of the job offer and its acceptance. Continuous learning is the key to ensuring ongoing employment. More keys to employment success include the following: interpersonal and social skills; listening and persuasion skills; ability to get along with others; ability to make one's talents and accomplishments known; and courteousness and respectfulness toward everyone. To some extent, it is true that it's who you know that counts. The key to knowing the right people is knowing how to network (in other words, meeting people and drawing upon those contacts to further your career). Two important networking strategies are the following: (1) learn about and select networking events to attend; and (2) linking with a mentor who can serve as a guide or adviser. Although some anticipation is necessary to be ready for various career junctures, speculating on work demands and outcomes rather than asking supervisors directly about their expectations is a stress enhancer. (Contains 11 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Development, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Emotional Intelligence, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Employment Qualifications, Influences, Interpersonal Competence, Interprofessional Relationship, Job Performance, Lifelong Learning, Mentors, Multiple Intelligences, Professional Development, Skill Development, Stress Variables, Success, Trend Analysis, Work Attitudes
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.