Advice for Young Professionals

Do Excellent Work


Beginning a career is exciting. Where should your focus be in those early years? Shelley Simpson began her career at J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. right out of college in 1994, and she's moved up in responsibility and role to her current position as Chief Marketing Officer, EVP and President of Integrated Capacity Solutions and Truck. In this video from the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, Shelly shares what she believes to be most important when first starting out in the world of work. 



“Bloom where you’re planted.” It sounds great, but often it’s a challenge to stay put. Young professionals are known for dreaming big and imagining great things for the future. There are so many great things to do and places to go! 

If you’re a young professional, do you have a hard time staying focused on the work before you? If so, what kind of future plans distract you?
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If you are more experienced, who are the younger professionals you work with? Do you find that they have a difficult time staying present in the here-and-now of their work? Explain.
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Shelley encouraged young professionals to do “excellent work.” What is excellent work to you and why?
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In what ways do you think doing excellent work as a Christian is a witness?
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What are some ways you can commit to excellent work in these early years of your career? What are some daily or weekly milestones you can regularly accomplish, which will help you reach your longterm goals? If you oversee young professionals in your job, how can you encourage and empower them in the here-and-now?
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Shelley did excellent work in her customer service position right out of college, and she quickly got recognized and promoted. She has since had enormous success at J.B. Hunt. Shelley attributes much of her success to that first hourly position she held. Her early commitment to work was a critical component for her, and it can be for you too. 



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