Beginning a new job is an exciting time.You will learn new skills and practice those you already have. There will always be new people to get to know. A positive attitude and an eagerness to help will help in any workplace. Show that you are willing to work hard, you are about the quality of your work, and you can get along with other including difficult people. Some skills will help ensure success at any job.

Communication Skills
The way you listen and write will have an impact on your success in the workplace. Make an effort to speak clearly and concisely.

Relationship Skills
Whenever a group of people must work together there is potential for conflict. Learn to respect differences work cooperatively as part of a team and resolve conflicts before they get out of hand.

Leadership Skills

Involving making decions,acting fairly,supervising and inspiring others.Leadership skills are necessary for many of the careers that relate to children.After all, children look to the adults in their lives for guidance and leadership.


To work effectively as part of a team you need to be able to follow rules and do what is expected of you.Good team players are dependable,responsible,and honest.They know that the whole team will benefit if they all do their best.

Managing Multiple Roles
Throughout your career,you will have a variety of roles.It will be necessary to juggle work,family,social,and community obligations.Learnign to priortize,manage your time effectively,and handle stress can help you feel in control of the demands on your time.

Learning from Performance Evaluations
Wherever you work,you will have periodic performance evaluations.During the evaluation,your supervisor will comment on what you have been doing well and point out areas that need improvement.You may be given,or ask to develop,goals for the following year.Working to improve in these areas should help you advance in your career.

Continuing to Learn
In most careers,you need to continue to learn in order to advance.One way of doing this is to take advantage of opportunities for continuing education.Some employers are even willing to pay for all or part of the costs.Continuing education can take the form of attending conferences or workshops,earning credentials through a professional organization,or taking college classes.Many colleges and universitites now offer courses that can be completed online.

Ethical Practices
Being ethical means doing the right thing.In the workplace it means being honest,following the rules,and reporting violations of the rules.
Following ethical practices is particularly important in child care settings.It is essential that parents can trust and rely on the people who care for their children.