Achievement is an important competency given that the more you can achieve, the better your prospects will be when it comes to looking for a new job.


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What is Achievement?

Achievement is what you have done of significance at work which has benefited your company or organisation. Think about your work achievements. Or even your life achievements - these are the successes that you have had so far. Perhaps you have just passed your driving test, or maybe after many years of trying, you have learnt to swim. This is an achievement as it is something you have worked hard for, and in the end the results have been successful.

Why is this important?

In our lives it is important to have objectives so when you have reached them you can say you have some achievements. Think about when you were younger, and your ambitions. Maybe you wanted to become a doctor, so you studied hard, and you finally became a doctor. Perhaps you wanted to have a house with a big garden. Can you remember the day you fulfilled this dream? These are personal achievements and they give you the feeling of self-satisfaction, confidence, and happiness. Let us now take a look at your work achievements. When you have achievement at work it means that you are working towards goals normally set by others, but they can be set by yourself, too. Perhaps you have to reach a sales target, or you need to complete a project within a deadline, or perhaps you need to see clients or customers and help them in some way. If you succeed in helping them, or you reach your sales target, or you complete your project by the deadline, you have examples of achievements. Striving for achievements shows determination and tenacity. 

How can you show you have this competency?

If you have a job interview and you want to demonstrate your achievements you need to think about different situations you have been in, the actions you have taken, and the results of these actions. Perhaps you have had a difficult customer, how have you dealt with that person? Did your action benefit your organisation? In what way? If your results were successful, state this either in your job application, or in your interview.
Think about the skills which you have which make you attractive and valuable as an employee. Remember the more achievement you can give as examples, the more you can sell and market yourself for the job. 

How to improve this skill

If there is a goal which seems difficult to achieve, don’t give up easily. If you can understand your goal and work towards it this will show that you have the potential to achieve. You need to be able to face obstacles and be determined enough to meet targets. Think about a time where you have had to take “no” for an answer, did you just accept it? Don’t just accept it, find out why the answer is “no”.
Also ask for feedback as this can give you an indication of how you are doing. You could compare this to learning a language, for example, if you find some grammar difficult you can always ask your teacher for feedback on your exercises. You can apply this rule to the workplace as well and if you are not sure of how you are progressing, ask!


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Could you explain what means "apply a rule"?

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Hello kalinkamalinka,

When you apply a rule you put that rule into use in a given situation. In this text it means that there is a 'rule' in language learning that if you do not know how you are doing in terms of your progress then you ask the teacher; applying the same rule to your work means asking your boss/manager for the same information.

The term 'apply a rule' is often used in maths or science, or in logical discourse: 'when we apply this rule, we get the following result...'


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Thank you, Peter for the straightforward explanation!

i really like this page. please where do i get interview questions and answers??

Hello gregoryasante,

I'm not sure what kind of interview you mean. Could you be a little more specific?


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My advancement today is I took an unexpected leap in my intonation. For a month or so, I have been studying to improve my English. Usually I use video or audio materials from this website, but today there was neither video nor audio. There were only two texts. How disappointing was this! I like studying with video or audio clips. They are like my good friends. I nearly just skipped it. The thing stopped me from doing that, is I am also a person with a bit of OCD in my personality. I can’t feel at ease with the two non-attempted sessions in the middle of my B2 list. At last, I decided to read those texts myself and make my own audio clips. But the problem is I have never been good at reading aloud. MC always claims that I sound like an emotionless robot when I read. Inevitably, I failed for the first recording. My own tone made me feel breathless when I listened to it. How can I be that bad? I was wondering.

How can I make myself a record which is as good as the ones made by native speakers? I was pondering. Somehow, I started to imagine what they should sound like as in those previous clips I had used. I made another recording for just the first sentence, and it was miraculously good. To hammer this terrific skill home and to not forget about it forever, I tried to figure out, sentence by sentence, which words I need to stress and which ones are just there because of the integrity of the sentence structure. The final result was pretty awesome. MC remarked differently to my last recording. She said I need to improve my pronunciation for certain words, but said I made a huge advance in intonation.

I am so proud of myself. This achievement makes me feel self-satisfied, confident, and happy for sure.

Thank you British Council Learn English for a very good article and actionable advice too.

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I'm a new member here. Hope this site will help me improve my english skill. I'm very bad in english so if my grammar is wrong please correct me. thanks

Hello Mr Maximus,

First of all, welcome to LearnEnglish! We're very glad you found us. I also wanted to point out that you can find advice on how to use LearnEnglish on our Help page. I'm afraid we don't have time to correct users' errors, but your message was perfect (though the first letter of English should be capitalised).

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