There are those who plan to get what they want, and those who will take what they can get.

July 27, 2016

There are those who plan to get what they want, and those who will take what they can get.


Which kind of person are you?  Are you the planner?  Or do you just like to go along for the ride?  Neither kind of person is bad….it’s just that some people get what they want because they take charge and make things happen.  Others are content to let things play out and they are happy either way.  However, when it comes to your career a little leg work goes a long way.


When you start your career, you will find there are both kinds of people in the workplace.  And, both can be successful.  But, do you want to bet the odds things will just work out for you?  This doesn’t mean you don’t have an open mind when opportunities you didn’t expect present themselves or that you have your whole life planned out.  What it does mean is that you have taken the time to sift through some possibilities and you have developed somewhat of a “litmus” test for what you are interested in doing and what you are not interested in doing.  You have spent some time job shadowing in different companies to get a feel for their culture.  You find a mentor who works in an industry you’re interested in working.  Or, you may have spent some time researching companies on-line and following up with some of your connections so that you have your list of top ten places you would like to work.  So, by being a planner what we really mean is you are actively engaged in narrowing down the possibilities of where to work or what to do for work to a list of places you think would be a good “fit” for you.  And, you can define what “fit” means for you.


All of the activities you need to get started are part of the Competitive Edge Program at Student Experience.  It is designed for both the PLANNER and those who are RIDERS.  For the planners, it will launch you even quicker into working towards your goals and is a one stop resource for guidance in terms of the kinds of things you can be doing.  The activity list not only tells you what to do, but why it’s important and provides the steps and resources to get it done in a meaningful way.  For the riders, it provides structure and a step by step process helping you focus on what to do.  The Coaches at Student Experience (Relations Managers) can also provide invaluable resources and a little “pep talk” if that’s what you need to get started or to hold yourself accountable.


There are those who plan to get what they want, and those who take what they can get.  Which one are you?


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About Gregg Saunders

Gregg Saunders is passionate about helping others grow and reach their future success.  He has been President of Student Experience since 1993.  He has brought a unique combination of student development and business together, effectively challenging and supporting students to accomplish more than they thought they could.

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