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It doesn’t matter whether you are starting an apprenticeship, continuing in college, or heading out to work, there is one thing that your bosses or teachers will like to see – an ability to think for yourself. Independence, thinking on your feet, or self-efficacy – call it what you will, but it all boils down to the same thing – showing that you can take responsibility and be trusted too!

While it is good to work hard, put in the effort, and follow instructions, when it comes to getting things done, it is important to show that you can act on your own when needed. Being able to take responsibility is the sign of a leader rather than a follower. It marks you out as the sort of person who is not afraid to take responsibility and can be depended on to make the right choices and get things done when necessary – all without having to be constantly told what to do.

Those that get ahead tend to have these traits and are able to demonstrate them day-to-day. Being able to spot and react to problems and situations is admired by employers who may not have the time or inclination to constantly tell you what to do.

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