Habits. The biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people challenge themselves to make simple habit changes (and actually follow through). (Having trouble following through on your goals? Watch this free 20-minute webinar for quick habit hacks for 2017.) At the beginning of every year, all of us think, “This is going to be MY year. I’m going to set goals for myself and get what I want -- finally.” But how many of us ACTUALLY follow through with those goals? If you have some career goals for 2017, you need to make some habit changes in order to actually get stuff done.
Failure is a negative word. No one wants to fail. Many of us do all we can to avoid the risk of becoming ‘failures.’ But have you ever considered what ‘failure’ actually is? Let’s think about it from a different perspective - as another step in life that takes us towards whatever we do next. Related: Is Your Lack Of Confidence Holding Your Job Search Back? Not everything we do is going to work out exactly as intended. But if you are failing you must be the kind of person who is prepared to take some risks. And that means you are far more likely to ultimately achieve your potential. Failure isn’t the problem. Fear of failure is. You need to change your perspective and recognize failing can be the key to achieving success.
If you want to be noticed and respected in the workplace, you must be able to portray the image of self-confidence. In order to be successful in your career, you need to determine how to master career confidence. Related: What's Confidence Got To Do With A Job? If you have confidence in your daily tasks, you will not only acquire higher levels of productivity, but you will also become more reliable to your co-workers. If your co-workers can tell that your confidence meter is low, they may just shrug you off or be dismissive. If you really like your job, you need to shine with confidence. Here are three ways to gain the respect you deserve by boosting your career confidence:
It's common knowledge that the medical field is rapidly growing, and shows no signs of slowing anywhere in the near future. Quite the contrary, with expanding waistlines - and thus, health and weight complications - on the rise, and new healthcare legislature being introduced, we are unlikely to see the medical sector retract in our lifetime. With that development comes an enormous range of different careers within the general medical field, whether private, corporate, and government in nature. Additionally, the pay and difficulty levels vary immensely, from medical assistants that merely require a certification to highly specialized surgeons that require a decade of school and training, but also collect a decent paycheck in return. There literally is something for just about anyone considering to move into the medical field. One additional benefit has to be the mobility and flexibility when the subject of moving or transferring is approached. Someone with, for example, an RN certification could move either next door or around the globe, and that kind of value is not available with a great many other career paths. Doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel are in great demand almost everywhere on the planet. Perhaps the first item to prepare for is medical school itself. If you happen to know early on that you are wanting to pursue this type of degree, it helps immensely to aim for electives in that area as early as your freshman year of high school. Classes dealing with math or science, especially biology, anatomy, physics and chemistry go a long way toward establishing a base from which to jump into medical school. Prior to high school graduation, the opportunity to take the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) will appear, and performance is essential. A score of 25 or higher will be looked at first. In addition, be prepared to show documented history of volunteer and intern work performed at a medical facility. An opportunity interview at various medical institutions will present itself, and this is a process to take very seriously. Some questions to consider: Does the school interview only those who have gone through extensive screening or is the interview mandated by residency and certain threshold scores on MCAT? Is the interview a final step in the selection process or a preliminary step? A few things the interviewers will be looking for include how well the applicant communicates, the various personality impressions that are projected, and whether the the person's demeanor is one that inspires confidence and trust. Today's world provides a number of logistical challenges, so you will find that more and more students are preferring distance learning, such as that provided by The College Network. Completing a degree or certification entirely online has its appeal, not the least of which is flexible hours to complete assignments. While the more basic nursing certifications and degrees are relatively commonplace, admission to MD/PhD programs is highly competitive, with a heavy emphasis on research. Those seeking to apply will soon discover that most advanced programs require significant research experience and the emerging ability to translate what was learned in a laboratory into relevant treatment for a patient. A great deal is also related to writing, as most institutions will request a statement outlining why the MD/PhD program was chosen, and also strong letters of recommendation from professors and other mentors in their field. You will want to plan on these requirements early, so as to ensure the admission process goes as smoothly as possible. For more information on MD/PhD programs, the AAMC provides a very helpful list of FAQs for MD/PhD Program Applicants. This post was originally published at an earlier date. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Confidence is the secret sauce of personal and professional success. I don’t know about you, but I am envious of those individuals who seem to be so naturally comfortable in their skin. They are oblivious to what others think of them (or at least they seem to be). They live their lives courageously and without concern about the opinions of other people. Related: What’s Confidence Got To Do With A Job? There is no doubt that having confidence in your abilities is key to your success in your job search. If you aren’t convinced of your ability to do a job, how can you possibly convince anyone else that you can do the job? You need confidence and you need to convey that confidence during every interaction that you have with your future employer. Don’t mistake confidence with cockiness, however. Displaying an overly confident demeanor that is fake or contrived can convey a lack of confidence and an interest in trying to cover the underlying insecurities that you may feel. Likewise, over confidence that is based more on the power of your personality than on your ability to perform is also a big turn off. Confidence is something one can build, but it is not really something that you can fake long term. People sense quickly if you are being inauthentic or not. They will know if you are truly confident or if you are a pretender. So how does one display confidence in oneself when one is experiencing the vulnerability of job hunting? That requires an ability to be real and true to yourself while owning your vulnerability and not letting it handicap you. If you are job hunting and having trouble with your confidence level, try these strategies for building your self- confidence up.