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5 - Professional Mindset 41-50

5 - Professional Mindset 41-50

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© 2011 Caliornia Community Colleges Chancellor’s Ofce
Professoal Mindset 
1. You are always sel-employed.
Security is over-rated. Did you know that the average American only stays in oneparticular job or about our years? And when you get out o college you canexpect to have ve
careers
—not just jobs—
fve careers
? The days o working orone organization or your whole lie are generally over, which means you need tobe in charge o your career.And — some experts say that in about ten years, 50% o current college students(that’s you!) will be working in jobs that don’t exist today. This gives you theopportunity to re-invent yoursel and your career as you go along, learning newskills and acquiring new knowledge you can apply to your next job or career. To be prepared or uture changes, you need to be aware o the skills you possessthat you can use on any job and in any career.List the top ve skills or traits you have which you could use at any job.How will you explain their value and relevance to an employerduring an interview?
 
© 2011 Caliornia Community Colleges Chancellor’s Ofce
Professoal Mindset 
Did you know that optimists naturally do better in sales-type activities, likending jobs? At one time we thought that people were just “born optimistic” butpsychologists have now discovered that optimism and positive thinking are traitsthat can be learned. Some characteristics o optimists are:
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They keep going—even when the going gets tough.
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They are exible and they nd ways to work around programs.
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They nd a new goal when an old goal disappears.
2. Cultivate a positive mindset and optimistic attitude.
Go to your library or buy a copy o the book,
Learned Optimism
, by Dr.Martin Seligman or go to this website:
http://www.stanford.edu/class/msande271/onlinetools/LearnedOpt.html.
 Take the optimism quiz that will help you identiy your optimistic styleand learn specic steps you can take to become more positive andchange your approach to lie.
 
© 2011 Caliornia Community Colleges Chancellor’s Ofce
Professoal Mindset 
3. Cultivate an action orientation
It’s easy to get stuck in thinking and planning, but in today’s working environmentyou need to quickly process and synthesize inormation, and turn it into action.While it’s important to spend some time developing, writing, and rewriting yourgoals or ideas, at some point you have to do something.So how do you move orward? Try this: ocus on the goal, let it oat around in yourmind, and then take action.Identiy what you’d like to move orward on—maybe it’s a paper towrite, a chapter to read, or a career plan to gure out.
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Sit and think about what you want.
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Imagine yoursel doing it.
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See yoursel succeeding at it.
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Ask yoursel what you could do to start making this vision a reality.
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Whatever answer you come up with, do it.

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