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Your Attitude

Choosing a CareerA common reason given to dismiss people is that they “don’t have the right attitude.”

  • What does this mean?
  • What would be looked at by the boss in determining a person’s attitude?
  • What attitudes do you have which could have an effect on the type of job you should do?

You could…

PRINT THIS PAGE, and then
CIRCLE those words that apply to you now.
UNDERLINE those words that you would like to apply to you.

My attitude to WORK usually is:

slack, dedicated, disorganised, efficient, keen, effective, ambitious, industrious, innovative, hard working, hyperactive, persistent, uncaring, sincere, academic, practical, responsible, lazy, businesslike, flippant, mature, bored, organised, positive, punctual, reliable, immature, adaptable, negative.

My attitude to my FRIENDS/WORKMATES usually is:

cooperative, cheesed off, aloof, independent, superior, inferior, equal, competitive, thoughtful, sympathetic, inspiring, caring, racist, bored, irritable, protective, helpful, shy, quarrelsome, tolerant, friendly, trusting, polite, moody, pushy, aggressive, supportive, sexist.

My attitude to AUTHORITY usually is:

dependable, rebellious, angry, subservient, scared, eager to please, stubborn, loyal, crawler, cautious, suspicious, happy, argumentative, sneaky, open, assertive, passive, aggressive, tolerant, proud, cynical.


What do your answers to the exercise ABOVE indicate about you?


Attitudes can easily be seen in our BODY LANGUAGE through non-verbal communication.

Such things as facial expression, posture, eye contact, touch, and gestures. These can give others an idea of what we feel about some issue. And often they can give people the WRONG idea LOL.

Imagine three different people
– one keen,
– one average, and
– one who couldn’t care less

Without speaking, try to act out (or imagine) how their attitudes would come across at work.


What effect does it have on your work, and on yourself, when you feel:
bored? conscientious? angry? competitive?

Do you think that the TYPE of job you were doing would affect your attitude to it? Why?

What possible effect would these things have on your attitudes to your job:

  • length of time at job
  • workmates
  • pay
  • your love life
  • your financial and or family commitments
  • your health

Are different attitudes needed for different jobs? If so, can you give some examples?


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A very useful indicator of what job might suit you, lies with your ABILITIES and INTERESTS.


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