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New mindset for new year
Christine Sim
update on Friday, December 31, 2010
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For the new year, young executives should start thinking about long-term prospects for their careers.

As an employee, how you perform your job will determine whether you get promoted or not. Self-discipline and focus are two key drivers.

Think positively and contribute to implementing solutions. Those who only see difficulties are usually less resilient in overcoming challenging tasks and setbacks. And, because of their hidden fears and pessimism, they create negative energy in the workplace.

Plan your day ahead. Manage your time efficiently and mobilise the energy that is needed to make the day a success. Being result-oriented will enable you to work on the most important tasks for a high return over time.

Cultivate soft skills such as interpersonal and leadership capabilities, and be a team player.

Be nice to people. You will never know the kind of help you will need to survive and succeed. A simple greeting is part of common courtesy, and a smile will help you go the extra mile. Cultivate a network of mentors in the workplace and a strong social network to support you in your career and professional growth.

Maintain lifelong learning even after getting a degree in order to acquire new workplace competencies to cope with the ever-changing demands of your role.

The only thing permanent in life is change. Stay resilient and persistent to manage change well. 

Christine Sim, general manager, Links Recruitment

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