10 Great Habits You Can Start in College for a Rewarding Career

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.”


Starting a good habit early on is a key to be successful in your career. It’s never too late to start developing positive habits even as an adult. Perhaps if you stop bad habits, and you stop long enough, eventually, you develop good habits.

Your time during college is important as this will be your main training ground for the career you want in the future. This is where you develop good study habits, even the simple ones like making it to class on time. Some of the habits you learn during this period of your life can be transferred to your career.

Here are some good habits you can acquire in college that are definitely useful in your career.

1. Be Punctual

Being punctual in class is not a random rule made up by the university.  When you’re late, you disrupt the flow of class and interfere with the professor’s ability to teach students. Employers won’t like it either and might be a cause for termination. Train yourself to wake up early. Try getting more sleep at night.

2. Keeping your promises

Showing up in events or classes show you’re committed and you keep your promises. This is even more important than being on time. When you have a job, you’ll learn that showing up is a requirement.

3. Work Hard

The key to succeeding is to never settle for less. In whatever you do, always put 100% on the task. Set a goal and try to achieve it. Work hard to achieve that goal. Striving for success will get you more chances to achieve your goal.

4. Be Organized

If you’re disorganized, it can lead to some serious time management problems in the future. Devise a plan to make your life more organized even before you land your first job. Try organizing your desk, drafting a schedule, your room and your closet. Start with small things and you’ll be surprised these will make a huge impact when you land a job.

5. Write It Down

Unless you have a photographic memory, you need to take note of things you need to do on a regular basis. This is why we have computers, mobile phones, and tablets. You can even carry a small notebook with you every time. When develop this habit, it will save you from forgetting important stuff such as project dues and deadlines.

6. Think Before You Speak

In stressful situations, it may be difficult to keep this habit of shutting your mouth. You can sound rude, uninformed or immature. You don’t want to show these traits to your employers. This habit may take time to develop but will eventually pay off in your career.

7. Deal with stress

Whether you like it or not, stress will be a part of every job you work in over the course of your career. You would have encountered similar stressful situations in college, and that’s no different from the ones you’ll encounter later on.

By learning how to deal with stress, you can mentally prepare for a new career. Everyone handles stress in a different way. Trying a few stress management methods can help you.

8. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Don’t feel like you have to stick to what you’ve been doing well. You have to get out of your comfort zone. It’s easy to fall into the trap of routines and repetition. Be more open to new experiences and meeting new people. This will help you grow and expand your network.

9. Ask for Help

Learn how to ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness. Seek for help and guidance like a tutoring center. This will be a good learning experience for you as well.

10. Embrace change

Maturity is a slower process for some people. Self-discipline is paramount when you’re in college. Don’t be afraid of change. Embracing change is a healthy way of keeping your head. As you journey throughout your career, you’ll be ready for anything that may come along your way.

Author Bio :

Farid Gasim is Founder of Edarabia.com and has extensive experience in serving the Middle East education industry. He is a notable speaker with over 12 years of marketing expertise and numerous public engagements at New York University, Zayed University, Higher Colleges of Technology and other industry events and forums.