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.

Business Magazine - Achievement


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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!



The word 'so' in this case is like 'this is the reason why'. About the comma, I'm sorry that I can't explain why they don't put it before 'so'.

Hello again Nermeen Eletriby,

Yes, 'so' is used as a conjunction in this sentence. A comma is used before 'so' when the clauses before and after it are independent, but when the clause after it is dependent, a comma is not used. In this case, 'when you have reached them you can say you have some achievements' is a dependent clause, so a comma is not used.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Good afternoon.
Please, why I cannot "reach... a promotion (advancement)"?
I fancied someone striving to have that promotion to "reach" it.
Thank you

Hello gio'sfree,

This is a question of collocation, which describes which words are commonly or normally used together. The phrase 'reach promotion' makes sense and is not grammatically incorrect, but it is not how the idea is normally expressed. We would say 'get a promotion' or 'achieve a promotion', not 'reach a promotion'.

Collocation is very important if you want to speak a language fluently and in an easily understood way. For example, in English we say 'heavy rain' and not 'strong rain', but there are many languages where 'strong rain' would be the normal way to express it. There is no rule for this; it is simply the way the language is used by its speakers and you simply have to learn it! I'm sure you can think of many similar examples in your own language.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


I think my biggest achievement learning english was taking 10 in a writing test. I felt so happy because I've had never took the highest grade before!

Hello! BC. I have been registered myself as new learner over here. Although i have had heard a lot regarding the British Council. As told by someone that BC is the sheer leading institution where everyone can improve even become more influent at speaking English language . However, with the same spirit, i have registered myself in order to overcome the mistakes which i frequently doing while speaking and writing and i am cocksure that BC team will assist me at every step during the learning process. Regards.

Hello KalhoroSSK,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! We have a section for new users called 'Getting Started' which gives information and tips on how to most effectively use the site. We also have a Frequently Asked Questions page which contains advice on specific aspects of learning English, such as vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking and so on.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Good day!

Could you explain what means "apply a rule"?

thank you in regard,

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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The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, Peter for the straightforward explanation!