“Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure” – James Altucher.
For vacation schemes, this means being able to be truthful without being abrasive.
If the boss asks ‘do you know how to do this?’ and you have no idea how, the honest answer would be to admit that you don’t and ask for help.
If you make a mistake, the honest action would be to admit to it and explain what has happened.
In these cases, your honesty may result in further training. It always promotes trusting relationship which will benefit you in support and respect.
Kindness and Good Manners
“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” – Clarence Thomas.
Often, we are told the legal industry is cutthroat, with city firms epitomising ruthlessness. Rather, the ability to rise above this mentality is highly commendable.
Be kind to all the people you meet and interact with, which is especially key in networking;
Treat all people with respect – after all they you never know when you might need their help.
It is often advised to seek out work to better demonstrate your skills. By treating individuals with respect and kindness, there is a greater chance that they will offer to help you in the future and open opportunities for your benefit.
“When things go wrong, don’t go with them” – Elvis Presley.
Whatever role you have in this industry, there will be times when you find it difficult or draining. Rather than have exhausted and unenthusiastic employees, senior staff will look for positive candidates. The more positive your mentality, the more enjoyable you will find your role.
A few steps to be positive:
Be happy even when others do not openly acknowledge it – it is more than likely they have noticed;
Smile and always look for the positives of a situation;
Take everything in your stride, accept the unknown and take the opportunity to use it as a lesson.
It is possible to make the most stressful or tiresome work, a manageable learning experience. And employers will be more likely to take on a positive and proactive candidate than one who is an outward pessimist.
Sympathy, Patience & Empathy
“Patience is a key element of success” – Bill Gates.
“Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world” – Barack Obama.
There will be times during your professional working life when your workload will seem deliberately demanding or unfair. It is in these instances which you will need to practice patience and understanding.
It’s therefore important to:
Be patient with individuals, they are more than likely as stressed as you are;
Be empathetic and sympathetic towards their stress or work-related problems. A greater understanding from each other will help you both combat the problem you are dealing with;
Prove your sympathy and empathy for other people by taking part in pro bono or volunteering work.
Ultimately all the above values, whilst they may not be as obvious from a job application, will help you when applying for a vacation scheme or training contract.
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