Enterprising

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12:00am 1 Jan 1970

What is enterprising? 

Enterprising is a way of communicating and networking with new people. This section will hopefully break down the skills and attitudes required to build positive relationships through enterprising.

We believe the required skills to be:

 Networking:

Arguably the most important aspect of enterprising, is networking. Networking is the process of trying to meet new people who might be useful to you in your job, often through social activities.

If executives fail to exploit the opportunities of networking they risk being left behind. One of the best ways to network is through social media such as twitter and LinkedIn. Also, if you create a LinkedIn to network, it counts for your bronze award. Another way to network would be to attend small social events, graduate+ offers a lot of these activities.

For tips on effective networking, try following this helpful guide.

The question we ask you for Silver and Gold Submissions when choosing this aspect of Enterprising is as follows: “Tell us about a time when you relied on a contact in your network to help you with a result.” For this answer, make sure to be specific and talk about how having a network allowed you to solve the challenge you faced.

Positive Outlook:

A positive attitude is a mental outlook of optimism and of expecting good things to happen. ... A positive attitude can affect your life favourably in all areas. People with a positive outlook, view life, challenges, and the situations they go through, with confidence and are sure they can deal with them. A positive attitude is also said to attract positivity in other aspects of the individual’s life whether it be personal or work related.

For more information on how to maintain a Positive Outlook, try following the helpful tips provided in this guide.

The question we ask you for Silver and Gold Submissions when choosing this aspect of Enterprising is as follows: “How did you attitude and outlook impact on this activity and what was the outcome?” For this question you can discuss how you stayed positive and how you got the result you wanted.

 Initiative: 

Initiative is an individual's action that begins a process, often done without direct managerial influence. For example, an employee might take the initiative to come up with a new product or service that the company could offer. This is a direct display of independence and is therefore highly favoured by employers. This is important as it shows your ability to take action to achieve what you want. Click here to read more.

For more help on taking action and acting with initiative, follow this guide.

The question we ask you for Silver and Gold Submissions when choosing this aspect of Enterprising is as follows: “What initiative did you take and how did it impact on your result?” The key to this question is giving an example of a decision you have made!

 Leadership: 

What is leadership? A simple definition is that leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving an established common goal. In a business setting, this can mean directing workers and colleagues with a strategy to meet the company's needs.

What's your leadership style? Are you like a tech CEO or a world leader? Are you more like Steve Jobs or Mahatma Gandhi? Is your leadership style creative or rigid? People first or goals first? Take this Leadership Assessment and see what kind of leadership style you have! Also feel free to watch the two minute video on traits of successful leaders.

For more information successful leadership styles, also check out these six tips.

The question we ask you for Silver and Gold Submissions when choosing this aspect of Enterprising is as follows: “Describe a situation where you had to use different leadership styles to reach a goal.” For this question, make sure to highlight key decisions you made as a leader and how you adapted your style to the activity you have chosen.

 Perseverance and Motivation:

Motivation and Perseverance are both key to continued success personally and professionally.

The difference between motivation and perseverance is that motivation is willingness of action especially in behaviour while perseverance is continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, discontent, opposition or previous failure.

So, how Motivated Are You? This quick quiz gives you an idea of how motivated you currently are.

Everyone is motivated by different goals, find out more about what motivated you by following this link.

The question we ask you for Silver and Gold Submissions when choosing this aspect of Enterprising is as follows: “Identify a time your perseverance and motivation where put to the test.” For this question try to give an example relating to the activity you’ve chosen, and explain which techniques you used to stay motivated!

 Flexible and adaptable to change:

Adaptability and Flexibility. The world of work is changing at an ever-increasing pace so employers actively seek out graduates who can adapt to these changing circumstances and environments, who can embark up on and embrace new ideas, who are enterprising, resourceful and adaptable.

For help with coping with change, in life and in the workplace, try following this helpful guide.

You can also read more about how change can affect your psychology by checking out this article.

The question we ask you for Silver and Gold Submissions when choosing this aspect of Enterprising is as follows: “Describe a time you needed to be flexible. What did you do?” For this question, again make sure to give a specific example!



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