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7 Good Habits for young professionals July 13, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Workforce.

LifeClever (a blog for design professionals) offers up their “7 Habits of highly effective junior designers.” Specifically, they are:

  1. Work quickly, produce a lot
  2. Attend to details
  3. Be versatile
  4. Make an effort to learn
  5. Anticipate problems
  6. Set goals
  7. Display a positive attitude

You’ll have to click on the link to see the more detailed discussion of the 7 habits.

While the blog entry is geared toward designers, its basic concepts are universal for nearly every young professional. Show me an army of twenty-somethings who live by these habits, and I’ll show you a community whose stock is on the rise.

Thanks to Forbes’ Business Innovation Insider for the link!

[UPDATE] What an amazing post – I never would have thought that it would get so much attention.   Following this “good work habits” line of thinking, I added another post talking about some innovative workforce programming designed to instill good work habits in the emerging workforce.



1. Adam Steen - July 14, 2006

Great Post!

As a young professional (26) in the venture capital world, I agree with those seven habits. I also think an 8th should be Get Connected. In Iowa, it’s very important for collaboration no matter what industry you’re in.

2. Tom - July 14, 2006

Excellent idea.

When we live in a world of “Bowling Alone,” it’s imperative that we consciously look to network ourselves and engage in collaborations to build social networks. Young professionals can learn much from your insight.

3. Karen - August 1, 2006

Of course those are excellent habits for everyone, even people who used to be young 🙂

4. Tom - August 1, 2006

Yes, they are. Or, for guys like me who feel like they’re growing older at an exponential rate!

Strange, this one post is by far the most popular on the blog. I wonder what it says about us as a culture. Are we looking for quick tips on professional improvement? Are we focussing on younger professionals? I’d love to hear some opinions.

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