What young professionals can learn from Barack Obama

Barack Obama became the first African-American to become the President of the United States of America in 2008. He is known for being a fun, hardworking and humble President that almost broke Twitter after being reelected. On top of all that, he made it look effortless. So what lessons can you learn from him to help your career?

  1. Work the network that is in front of you
Everywhere Obama went, he worked a huge network of people. He introduced himself, asked questions and engaged. He made his ideas clear and respected the people around him. This is vital in developing your career as 80% of jobs are found through networking!
  1. Charisma and knowledge are key
Barack has incredible amounts of charisma that helps him to connect with others. However, he backs this with undisputable amounts of knowledge. As a young professional you should always be aiming to independently learn and seek knowledge to help you in anything that you want to do.  33% of 2000 surveyed bosses indicated they know within 90 seconds if they will hire that candidate.  Being able to back your personality with knowledge is proven to be effective.
  1. Be persistent and committed
Obama faced many failures and issues during his time as President, yet he relished every opportunity to learn and apply that new learning going forward. If you are wondering what it will take to give your career a boost, you should look in the direction of your own persistence.  You need to be clear about what you are striving to accomplish.   1 in 10 employers are converting more than 83% of their interns in to long-term hires. This shows if you’re committed and work hard, you can achieve great things.