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3 Mature Personality Traits You Need to Start Your Career

You'll be starting an exciting career before you know it, and it's never too early to prepare! Here are three traits to develop for success in any workplace.

The idea of a career is quite exciting, especially your first. A career can provide a new graduate with a lot of benefits, including a sense of independence and financial stability. However, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for what’s to come. One way to do that is to cultivate certain traits and skills that will help you in the working world. Consider these three crucial workplace traits to determine whether you’re ready to begin this new chapter of your life.

1. Sense of responsibility 

One of the most essential attributes a potential employee can have is a willingness to take on responsibilities. When being assigned tasks at work, no matter how large or small, you must be ready to complete them. Many different responsibilities may come your way—such as projects, presentations, and more—that will require varying amounts of time and effort to do. To manage everything, you must be quick on your feet and ready to meet deadlines. As a student, you’ve had responsibilities like this, such as completing your homework or studying for tests. If you found a way to do that for school efficiently, you’re on the road to success. If you feel you need to improve this skill, increase your course load while in school or pick up additional extracurriculars. Just be careful to not overload yourself and only add what you can handle. Take time to reflect on your responsibilities and how you’re managing them, plus where you could improve in terms of balance. 

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2. Cooperativeness

Being able to work well with others is also a much-needed skill in the working world. Communication is key when it comes to teamwork, and it’s something that can always be improved. In any job setting, you’ll be faced with individuals from all kinds of backgrounds and walks of life. It’s important to respect others’ beliefs and opinions, learn how to avoid unnecessary conflict, and work through problems to see eye-to-eye with others. Cooperation is most needed in projects that require a group effort, where each employee may be assigned a specific task, working together to accomplish common goals and deliver a successful product. Think of times when you had to work with other classmates on school projects. You may not have agreed with all your peers, but you still had to respectfully work together to reach a point of completion. Continue to ponder on how you can improve your collaborative skills in your daily interactions with others, then apply this to your future interactions with coworkers. 

3. Adaptability

Adapting to your surroundings and any changes that come your way is necessary when dealing with work environments. Your career won’t be stagnant over time, although it may be a little more stable when you first start. This means that changes and shifts may occur, such as differences in scheduling, receiving unfamiliar work assignments, having new coworkers come into the work setting, shifting to work-from-home from in-person work, and more. These changes can be exciting but may also be difficult to adapt to, so it’s crucial that as an employee, you work with them and find ways to adjust. As a student, you’ve encountered change often, from taking on more advanced classes and having different teachers year to year to switching or beginning new extracurriculars and more. Learning to deal with different kinds of life changes can only benefit you, as you’ll develop new skills and perspectives when you face them. Adapting well to change contributes to your professional growth and can help prepare you for anything that may come your way during your career.

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Along with these characteristics, there are many more that can greatly help you when it comes time to finding and succeeding in a suitable career. It’s highly important to develop traits such as these over time to be ready when future opportunities arise. Overall, seek to improve in your daily tasks as a student and have a mindset that consistently pursues professional advancement.

Still wondering what your workplace life might be like after college? Find more great advice like this in our Internships and Careers section.

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About Lianna Jacob

Lianna Jacob is an undergraduate student who has gone through the college admission process and wants to share her experience with others! She enjoys learning more about her Christian faith and spending time with family and friends.



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