Being a business and finance student has really opened my eyes to what it takes to run a business successfully.

Firstly, once you’ve narrowed down your prospects while job searching, you should get as much information about the company you’d like to work for, including an understanding of their mission or vision. If you feel that their goals in business match your own, inquire about how your particular skill(s) can be maximized in furthering your career and the growth of the company. Learn all you can.

Secondly, be knowledgeable (and honest) about your strengths and weaknesses, and find the tools to help in your weak areas. If you are not the numbers person, leave that to the accountants; be your best at what you do. It’s always important to learn and grow but equally important not to stretch yourself too thin. Play to your strengths. Communicate your needs and concerns when appropriate. When making an employment decision, look for companies that have a track record of proven success and values. Make sure that the companies GOALS will allow you to grow with the business and that they are goals that you would set for your personal life.

Knowledge is power. Always be available to change.

JoElla Barkus, Accounting Assistant

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