Category Archives: Commitment

Having a mission statement

Having a mission statement is essential for good career planning.  If you know where you want to go (even if it is just a general direction), you can make choices that will help you get there.  This 10 minute video provides a simple formula for how to articulate your mission statement.  Movie producer Alan Leipzig asks 5 great questions that will really get you thinking about the work you want to do.  I like the examples and encouragement he provides.  Take the time to watch “Determine Your Life Purpose in 5 Steps”.  It will be a well spent-study break.


Watch the video here.

What makes you successful? Grit

End of the semester can be a challenging time. There are deadlines to meet, information to absorb, and grades to achieve. This process can feel difficult, but through the successes, and sometimes failures, of our academic journey, one of the greatest lessons learned is that of perseverance.

Watch this TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth about her research in perseverance and how grit is the key to success.


Looking for Summer Employment?


It’s that time of the year again. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you are so close to finishing your last exam for the semester. Time to celebrate your new found freedom… SUMMER! It’s also a great time to find a summer job and put your knowledge to work.

Still looking to land the perfect summer job? Here are some awesome job opportunities to check out.

Events and Outreach Coordinator, Environment Lethbridge

Non-Profit Industry Postings

CES Job Board

University of Lethbridge Postings

City of Lethbridge Job Board


Career & Employment Services is open all summer, Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00. If you need help perfecting your resume or writing a flawless cover letter, we are here to help. Call 403.329.2000 to book an appointment.


Design your own apprenticeship

In Jeff Goins’ new book,  The Art of Work:  A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant To Do, he talks about creating intentional opportunities to learn and grow from others. Check out his website, with a great activity on “Designing your own apprenticeship

Discovering your calling is not an epiphany but a series of intentional decisions.  It looks less like a giant leap and more like building a bridge. – Jeff Goins
If failure is not an option, then neither is success.  – Seth Godin


Create a Personal Mission Statement

Mission Statements

Writing a personal mission statement is the central task of good career development. When done well, a personal mission statement clearly articulates who you are, what you will do and why you will do it. Essentially it defines your career direction and becomes your compass for decision-making.  Heart-felt mission statements also often significantly increase students’ focus, intentionality and motivation.

The best personal mission statements are crafted by students who have spent at least some time considering their strengths, values, pride stories, deep interests, life dreams, sources of energy, personal heroes, as well as beliefs. (There are many journal assignments, assessment tools and other exercises linked here on our blog that can support students interested in this type of introspection.) Often careful reflection on these areas can reveal common threads that can be creatively wound into a powerful statement of purpose and passion.

Personal mission statements are unique. There are no strict rules. However, some students find a formula to be helpful:

The distinctive skills and/ or perspective you want to offer + The people you would like to serve + The expected outcome

Here are some examples:

I will use my passion and expertise in technology to inspire researchers to create drugs to cure rare diseases.


I want to use my knowledge to create my own entrepreneurial ideas and support other people’s great ideas to create more good in the world.  


I want to use specialized helping skills, to create the space for people to solve their own problems.


I want to plan and execute opportunities and experiences for at-risk and vulnerable youth to gain skills and knowledge they can carry throughout their lives.


When you are finished drafting your mission statement, read it out loud. Do it. You will know that you have a good statement when reading it puts a smile on your face and you feel a sense of excitement. If you don’t get it right the first time, keep editing until your words resonate. You might find that you need to do more introspection, or even get some help from a career counsellor or trusted friend. If you are going to use this statement to guide your decision making, you want to be sure it’s great!

While your aim should be to capture who you are and what you want now, don’t expect that your mission statement will carry you on into mid-life or even next year. Your mission statement should be fluid. It will change as you explore and learn more about yourself and the work world. Commit to your mission statement now, but know that increased clarity will come with action.

Once you have a personal mission statement, an occupational direction will likely emerge. Keep your career development going by taking some action. Your next step may be to start researching occupations that will allow you to do the kind of work you can feel passionate about. Or it may be time for you to start collecting the experiences you need to refine your mission statement further. Either way, hang your mission statement up in a prominent place. Refer back to it regularly for inspiration, validation and focus.

What’s Your Biggest Regret?

A chalkboard stood in the middle of New York City asking passersby to write down their biggest regrets. As the board filled up, we noticed that all of these responses had one alarming thing in common.

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