Good Advice for College and High School Students September 21, 2012

Ian Welham shares the best advice he’s heard for America’s future

Ian Welham shares the best advice he’s heard for America’s future

Recently I attended the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Breakfast. I go every year. It’s always an enjoyable event, I get to meet some bright students, nice educators, and since my business partner Paul is on the Education Committee, I want to support the cause.

Jim Coyle, who is the President of the Gateway Chamber, was one of the speakers at this year’s event. I enjoy hearing Jim speak. This year, Jim gave a fantastic talk on “Work Ethics: Getting a job, keeping a job and advancing in a career.”

I wish I could have taped Jim’s remarks and sent you all a copy — words of wisdom all college and high school students should hear. Heck, most adults should be forced to hear them AND commit them to memory.

So, sorry I can’t share the entire speech with you. But I was able to get Jim’s notes on one section – the “keeping a job” part. (IMHO, this advice is valid for anyone in any situation, not just in a job.)

Jim’s first point was that the best way to keep a job is to impress those around you. As a way of example, he quoted the prevailing mantra for anyone who works at the White House. The rule goes like this: “If you’re early for work, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, don’t bother coming in ‘cause you no longer have a job.”

My favorite part of Jim’s talk was when he cited the 10 habits of good workers and good students. It’s a manifesto that’s so simple, yet so profound. No one teaches this stuff anymore. See if you agree.

1. Don’t arrive to work after the boss.

2. Don’t leave work before the boss.

3. Ignore your job description: hitch up your pants and do what’s required to get the job done.

4. Praise your co-workers publicly.

5. Don’t complain publicly. Try to never complain, but if you must, do so privately.

6. Speak up when others won’t (in a meeting, for example).

7. Ask to be taught new things (make yourself more valuable).

8. Always try to find a new way to do it better – even if you’re not specifically asked to do so.

9. Never stop learning.

10. Always be preparing for your next job.

Thanks, Jim. Great advice. I’m going to share this with my daughters, and I suggest you do the same with your students.

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