EX­PERTS ON 2017

OUR REG­U­LARS SHARE TIPS FOR YOUR BEST YEAR YET

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HOW TO GET AHEAD IN COL­LEGE AND WORK

Here are a few point­ers to keep in mind for stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als to make 2017 a su­per suc­cess­ful year.

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CON­CEN­TRATE ON QUAL­ITY OVER QUAN­TITY It’s easy to par­tic­i­pate in many projects su­per­fi­cially, but you’ll gain more per­sonal ful­fil­ment and a stronger CV by ex­celling in a few ac­tiv­i­ties of in­ter­est. GAIN WORK EX­PE­RI­ENCE The only way to know whether you’ll en­joy work­ing within a par­tic­u­lar field is to ex­pe­ri­ence it. Ap­ply for in­tern­ship pro­grammes. This will al­low you to nar­row down what you en­joy do­ing and un­der­stand the skills re­quired for var­i­ous roles and to net­work. RASHI CHOWD­HARY DEMON­STRATE GOOD RE­SULTS Em­pha­sise tar­get achieve­ments on your CV. For ex­am­ple, be­fore ex­plain­ing the skills you gained at a job, start with a state­ment about how you in­creased rev­enue, boosted site traf­fic or re­cruited clients. Em­ploy­ers look for work­ers who give re­sults. NET­WORK Stay in con­tact with su­per­vi­sors from school, univer­sity, and ex­ter­nal place­ments. Build strong re­la­tion­ships with your men­tors and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als who can vouch for your skills and make rec­om­men­da­tions in your favour. IDEN­TIFY YOUR HE­ROES Read about suc­cess­ful peo­ple within your cho­sen in­dus­try. Read about their ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cred­i­ta­tions, and ca­reer pro­gres­sion. Write them a let­ter or an email ex­press­ing your ad­mi­ra­tion and seek­ing ad­vice. Un­der­stand how they have achieved suc­cess, and an­a­lyse your own ca­reer to see whether your paths align and that you are where you need to be. LEARN TO JUDGE SIT­U­A­TIONS: Know when to joke and when it’s time to be se­ri­ous. Learn how to be an ac­tive lis­tener, mod­u­late your tone of voice to match a con­ver­sa­tion, and be cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive. LEARN PER­SONAL BRAND­ING Write down how you want to be per­ceived by teach­ers, em­ploy­ers, and col­leagues, and com­pare these at­tributes with the ones they as­so­ciate with you now. SANJEEV VERMA

is an in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion coun­sel­lor

34 is a nu­tri­tion­ist, diabetes ed­u­ca­tor and cre­ator of The Pro­tein Bake Shop

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