What does SUCCESS mean to you?

by Anita Manuel, M.A.  

Program Manager, Career Consultant

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” Dale Carnegie

So, we all want to be successful AND happy, right? But do you really know what you want? And once you achieve it, will it make you happy? 

The pursuit of happiness and it’s relation to success and work are not new concepts and have been studied closely by many researchers over the years.  In particular, The General Social Survey (GSS), supported by the National Science Foundation, has conducted “happiness and work” surveys since 1972 (University of Chicago News Office).  Approximately 30,000 Americans have participated in the study as it relates to job satisfaction and happiness and the results continue to support that people’s feelings about their work usually have a significant impact on their happiness (Tom Smith, Director of the GSS, 2007).  Results from the GSS have also shown that those who identify the most satisfaction (or happiness) with their work happen to be in professions that involve service to others, creative pursuits or align with their personal values.

What does this mean for you?  Well, the bottom line is that your future career happiness really isn’t aligned with money, promotion, and the typical criteria that we associate with SUCCESS, but more simply, whether you feel valued and that you are contributing in a unique way.  Are you using your talents and gifts to make some sort of  difference in the world?

So, maybe Albert Einstein got it right when he said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

Finding your path in life can feel like a daunting task. Regardless of where you are in your journey–new student on campus or  seasoned senior finishing your degree–it may take you some time to clarify your values and determine how you want to make a difference in the world (let alone find your classes and a decent place to eat on campus).

But don’t fret!! We are here to help.  Believe it or not, our number one goal at the career center isn’t to find you a job.  “Gasp!?!”  Our services and resources are primarily focused on helping you figure out two questions: 1) What are my values, strengths, and natural preferences?  And,  2) How can I create a career which will help me fulfill and use those values and gifts?  And, you know what results from being able to answer those two questions?  Amazing resumes, killer interview skills, motivated and excited candidates, internship and job offers….SUCCESSS! 

If you don’t believe me…check out Jessica’s story:

Learn more about us and how we can help you define your path to career success by attending our upcoming Open House, Thursday, August 25th 11-3pm @ the Career Center, Admin. Building 154.

Anita has worked in the career counseling and higher education field for the past eight years.  She has worked in the recruiting field as well as internship program management for higher education.  Anita works with students on all career related topics and specializes in development of creative programs to support career education.


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