After two months of holidays, camps, part time jobs and lots of last minute shopping, children were filled with apprehension and anticipation as they lined up once again for the start of a new year back to school. For those parents with older children, it may have been a welcome return to normalcy and routine in addition to a new year of higher expectations for academic achievement. Of course there are those leaving their children for their first day of school with an overwhelming wave of emotion in response to an experience that is anything other than normal and expectations for success that are simply to get through the day without a call from the teacher to pick up an uncooperative child.
There are also those parents or adult sons and daughters that have spent their summers in an active job search successfully edging out the competition to land their next job and get back to work. Hot Tips for a Summer Job Search was good advice for many as 14 clients of Elite Resumes have recently acquired new positions. In a highly competitive labour market it is an accomplishment to be acknowledged and celebrated! New starts are not without some apprehension but at the same time begin with the greatest of expectations that these new positions will be a positive move towards a rewarding and successful career.
Many new challenges and opportunities will be presented as the school year or the new job progresses. The ability to recognize, respond appropriately, be decisive and follow through with viable action plans and attainable goals will be the foundation for your advancement in your academic endeavours or your career. The following tips and quotes are meant as inspiration for those back to school and back to work to achieve the best possible results:
Resilience “You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~ Mary Pickford
Persistence “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~ Henry Ford
Vision “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” ~ Unknown
Positive Thinking “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~ Winston Churchill
Enthusiasm “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” ~ Unknown
Personal Branding Back to school for your personal brand ~ Paul Copcutt
Support There will always be those who are happy to support, encourage or share in your success. Whether it be a friend, family member, colleague, teacher or professional coach, ask for support when you need it.