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Starting the New Year Off Right: TedTalks for Career Motivation

Welcome back! If you are like me, then this is the time of year that you realize all those things you thought would get done over winter break were never actually accomplished. Goals like getting organized, catching up on a semester’s worth of laundry, or starting your job search might still be looming over you. While this entry isn’t about organization skills and won’t help you with the laundry—watching these inspiring videos will undoubtedly motivate you as you start or progress through your job search.

Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work

In this talk Shawn presents the research to support that happiness and success can (and arguably do) go hand-in-hand. The video highlights the importance of enjoying what you do in your career and how some positive psychology principles support a productive workplace.

Angela Lee Duckworth: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

What characteristic determines success in a variety of contexts? Being talented or knowledgeable? In these short, 6-minutes Angela explains the power of passion and perseverance. Your ability to overcome challenges and realize that failure is not a permanent state matters more than you know!

Sarah Lewis: Embrace the Near Win

It can be tough finding the good when you’ve heard “no” in your job search. In a great follow-up video to Angela’s “Power of Passion and Perseverance”, Sarah talks about the many lessons you learn when having a near win.

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Yes, networking is a part of the job search—and networking is not just something that extroverts are good at. Susan explains that power that introverts hold and the importance of having them within diverse working teams.

“We need to take our best ideas, our strongest intuition, and we need to test them. We need to measure whether we’ve been successful, and we need to be willing to fail; to be wrong and to start all over with lessons learned.”
-Angela Lee Duckworth

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Ashley Taylor

Ashley Taylor is a Career Counselor at Engineering Career Services.