In a lecture at the University of Virginia, James Donovan of Goldman Sachs shared some essential elements needed for a solid career at any workplace. He explained that the two most important are excellence and strong relationships. According to Donovan, performing admirably and taking pride in your work is important to inspire trust.
He said: “By building solid relationships, you will create a web of professional within which you will be well known and well respected. And that’s good for any business across the board.”
Donovan went on to suggest that the students learnt to both focus and organize the structures in their busy lives as business executives. He recommended committing to a workout routine, time off and hard work and commitment while at the office.
He concluded by stating “remember: study what you enjoy, demonstrate your excellence and your interest, be conversant in as many languages as possible, build solid relationships, create a strong professional network and always take time off.”