For Graduating Seniors And Others: What It May Take

The US Labor Department report showed that employers added 78,000 new jobs in May 2005. Economists point out that the economy has added an average of 175,000 jobs a month over the past six months, up almost 14 percent from the average growth the previous six months. US Labor Secretary Elaine Chaos characterized the report as a show of strength for the labor market. In fact, Secretary Chao indicated that "today's numbers show the economy is continuing its 2-year solid streak of job creation, for a total of 3.5 million new jobs created since May 2003." This is a significant indicator that the health of the economy is on the gain. Most significant is that with job growth, there is a record productivity growth. Productivity is pivotal to increasing overall wealth because it allows more production with fewer resources being consumed. These facts point to a healthy trend as more enter the job force and strive to be successful in their undertaking. At present and within the next few weeks, school graduates will be eager to join the job force. And that is the subject we wish to address in this column.

When one enters the job force or moves up within the employment structure, one obviously hopes to meet with success. True, for some there may be moments of self-doubt or a feeling of frustration when searching the job market or when moving up within the structure. However, even in a momentary discouragement or a feeling of self-doubt, there is something to garner from the experience.

A desire for success in the job search or hoping to achieve a level of promotion at work is important at whatever age level or at whatever capacity. But, being the realists we are, we know that success is not a gift; it is earned and usually the hard way and through effort. All of us know that satisfaction comes with success; but, we need to appreciate also the learning value of disappointment when disappointment happens in the work place. Success and failure are two sides of the same coin. We are living at a time, where an instant concoction, ready mix recipes and "fast food" methodology tends to be the mood of the day. Often, we seek immediate positive results. We become uneasy when the "instant" result is a "waiting" result and the "negatives" seem to overshadow the "positives." There are some that look for the "instant" and wish to start at the top without doing the necessary planning and preliminary homework. They may even feel that they have failed when the outcome does not result in the level of success which was sought. Often, it is the patient "doers" who are the more abundant long-term "achievers."

In a desire to overcome the potentially destructive effects of negative thinking, we often forget the important lessons that one can learn from a less than desirable experience. When failure occurs, little time is spent in productive analysis of past events and actions. Finger pointing, playing the blame game, and claiming past successes is just not productive. Lest we forget, it is not always only the end results that count, important as they are, but also important are the essential steps it took to get there. These stepping stones often become the essential solid rocks for success later on.

Every success story from the corporate boardroom to the beginner within the organization, there are...as on any athletic field or other student oriented actively... examples of some failure, missteps and just plain errors along the say. Trying to avoid mistakes is good; but trying to avoid making the same mistake a second time, that is essential. All of us have heard on occasion, "good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from errors in judgment." Each time a less then desirable event in history repeats itself, the price for the mistake goes up. If that is the situation, then is the time for one's spirit of a smart work ethic ought to swing into action as necessary and prudent.

Working harder and smarter is to be valued. Looking ahead and planning intelligently within the realm of possibility is to be cherished. It is all a part of the growth pattern of success, and in the long run, one will be personally happier and perhaps a bit wiser because of it. And that is how we see it FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE.