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What is your greatest achievement so far?

This question has been answered 25 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

Advice
Before your interview, make a comprehensive list of your achievements. Perhaps you have received individual awards or accolades. Think of the value you added when working on a team project. Maybe you had your research published, won a raving performance review, or exceeded a sales goal. These are all great examples of achievements!

Admin answer example
"My most significant achievement so far has been my ability to graduate University top of my class while working full time. I am very proud of that achievement."
Alcohol and Drug Counselor answer example
"A personal achievement I accomplished this year was running my first 1/2 marathon."
Bailiff answer example
"The achievement I am the most proud of is managing a very large project on a very tight deadline (... detailed information pertaining to this project, such as the company name, and so on). As a result, I developed strong time management skills that will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role at your company."
Basic answer example
"My greatest career achievement was being the youngest person ever awarded a sales management position in my current company. I worked very hard for that promotion and my dedication paid off."
Dental School answer example
"The achievement that I am most proud of, so far, was completing my undergrad, top of my class. While maintaining very strong grades, I was also President of our school's Diversity Club, and I spent time volunteering at the local Smile drive."
Health Information Technician answer example
"Achievements aren't always something you can hang on the wall of your office. Sometimes an achievement is completing a difficult task and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way. You have a couple ways you can answer the interviewer's question: Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to achieve something great, or share an accomplishment or award you received and talk about what was challenging about it. Either way, you are showing your determination and focus to reach your goal. Think of a situation that highlights your strengths and qualities that will be helpful for the job you're interviewing for. "
Lifeguard answer example
"The candidate should be able to provide an achievement to date in their professional career, which may not be directly linked to the role of the Lifeguard but gives an indicator that they will keep pushing and striving for more. "I am really proud when I achieved my first employee of the month award. I had worked really hard on x work and put in a lot of extra hours of a night and also at weekend so it was nice to get the thank and recognition for this. While I would not want to do this all of the time, because it is important to take a break away from work, as a one off I did not mind and because of the thank you and sheer acknowledgement of my extra efforts, I will be more than happy to do this again in the future."
Manager answer example
"My greatest achievement was winning the North American top manager award three years in a row. The award is nomination-based, with the final decision focusing on staff retention rates, production rates, and tenure."
Medical Coder answer example
"Achievements aren't always something you can hang on the wall of your office. Sometimes an achievement is completing a difficult task and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way. You have a couple ways you can answer the interviewers question: Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to achieve something great, or share an accomplishment or award you received and talk about what was challenging about it. Either way, you are showing your determination and focus to reach your goal. Think of a situation that highlights your strengths and qualities that will be helpful for the job you're interviewing for. "
Medical School answer example
"The achievement that I am most proud of, so far, was completing my undergrad, top of my class. While maintaining very strong grades, I was also President of our school's Diversity Club, and I spent time volunteering at the local children's hospital."
Millwright answer example
"My greatest career achievement to date has been how quickly I was promoted to a team lead position in my most recent role. I was given the promotion after just 3 months and was told it was because of my strong leadership skills and level of reliability. That was really special."
Optometry School answer example
"The achievement that I am most proud of, so far, was completing my undergrad, top of my class. While maintaining very strong grades, I was also President of our school's Diversity Club, and I spent time volunteering at the local vision drive."
Paramedic answer example
"Showing that you can set goals for yourself and achieve them is an important quality that appeals to employers for several reasons. It shows you take initiative. It shows you can follow through. It also shows that you are ambitious. Give an example of an achievement that shows these characteristics of yourself. "When I decided to become a paramedic, I knew that it would be a process. I gave myself a time frame for school and was realistic about how I would be able to complete the training while working full time. I set a deadline for when I wanted to complete my certification and studied hard to get there." Becoming a paramedic is an achievement. Graduating from college is also an achievement. Think about a project or a training you completed that was challenging and share your process for tackling the challenge."
Parole Officer answer example
"I am the first person in my family to graduate from college. Knowing that I have come this far setting an example for my younger siblings is a great feeling!"
Pharmaceutical Sales answer example
"My biggest work achievement has been becoming my Jr. Pharmaceutical Sales Representative's mentor."
Physical Therapist Assistant answer example
" After months of studying I passed my national licensure examination and became licensed in the state of California on my first try. Not procrastinating and putting my education on the back burner has become my greatest achievement."
Retail answer example
"My greatest accomplishment is the promotion I received last year to department general manager. I began in part-time sales and had managed the third largest department in the store while being the youngest ever to do so!"
Sales answer example
"My greatest career accomplishment was achieving the fastest promotion in the organization's history. I was not only proud of myself but also received accolades from the VP of Sales in front of the entire company, which was an extraordinary moment."
Superintendent answer example
"So far, my biggest career achievement has been winning the 'Superintendent of the Year' award in our region. It's an award that you must be nominated for by the school leadership. It really spoke to me that my presence was a positive one and affirmed what I stand for in my career. "
Surgical Technologist answer example
"One of my proudest achievements was to graduate the top of my class in college while working a full time job. It was a lot of long hours and late nights but I am very proud of myself for that accomplishment. Since graduating I have been able to work in a couple of great clinics with excellent references. I am proud of my reputation in the industry as well."
Teacher answer example
"In my current district, they were doing a referendum and proposed cutting the elementary Spanish program to save money. The parents of my students rallied around me and made such a ruckus at all the board meetings that the Spanish department remained intact. The fact that my students and their parents loved the program so much, made me feel so special."
Territory Sales Manager answer example
"One great achievement is a project that I worked on while employed for (X company) as (X position title). The project in question was (X further similar detail regarding the project related to the position you applied for, as per the job posting (such as similar duties)). This is a great achievement of mine as I went above and beyond to ensure the project's success, working tirelessly for several weeks to meet the deadline. It was a very successful project and my employer and client were highly satisfied of the finished product."
Wildlife Biologist answer example
"The achievement I am the most proud of is managing a project involving numerous animals on a very tight deadline (... detailed information pertaining to this project, such as the company name, and so on). As a result, I developed strong time management skills that will undoubtedly enable me to thrive in this role."
Writer answer example
"In the past, I have worked as a copywriter and ghost writer. These two jobs have made me good at writing quickly about topics that others assign to me. I am able to work under pressure and I have learned how to adapt to a certain style of writing."
Yoga Instructor answer example
"I was teaching private sessions with a student who had cancer. We practiced yin and restorative yoga to help activate the parasympathetic nervous system which helps calm the body and activate the body's natural immune response. After just five sessions, my client shared how he felt more energetic and motivated. It felt really good to be able to help enhance his quality of life and help him have a more positive outlook." Give an example of a time you worked with an individual client or a group. Explain the situation to show what you did to make a difference in their life through using your yoga knowledge and experience. "

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What is your greatest achievement so far?
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Getting into university, getting married, travelling overseas alone, bungy jumping.
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Working with heavy machinery and never having an accident or incident.
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My greatest achievement is my level of independence that I've acquired. At a younger age than most, I've become a paramedic, moved to isolated aboriginal land, and gained work experience. I am now demonstrating that exact independence by being ready to move on to the next step of my life with NEMS
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My children, bringing them up on my own whilst working full time, te three peaks challenge, marathons.
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I appeared at accident sciene three people unconcious and I manage to rescue them and there was no lose of life.
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My greatest achievement thus far would be getting certified in three states. I persevered through many major set backs and still achieved my intended goal. Nothing else in life gives me as much passion and zeal as working in the medical field.
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Becoming a qualified nurse.
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My first class honours degree is a source of pride to me, as I worked exrtremely hard to acheive it.
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Optimized a phone system saving the company $200,000 a year. In the medical field, when I was able to convince a particularly stubborn patient of CO poisoning who was refusing transport to accept oxygen and an assessment so I could stay near and monitor him.
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Obtaining my Masters degree in Education.
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Not dying and not being directly responsible for the death of a patient.
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Qualifying as a Paramedic after 3 years of intense training. Also, completing the London Marathon in April 2014.
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Beeing near to the state exams and near to the ambulance officer programme graduation (having the most exams passed)
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Traveling the world and being particularly proud of financially supporting myself whilst I did it.
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Apart from being a mother of three wonderful sons, I have received recognition for volunteerism and Women of Today.
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Completing GCSEs and World Challenge. Being a BRC Event First Aider is also a massive achievement for me.
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Managing to get through the last year. Having had to face great personal and emotional challenges and dealing with some very harrowing situations.
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Helping in my community, and my children.
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My Greatest Achievement so far has been attitude towards earning a position as a Paramedic. I have taken from previous services I have applied to and have learned to over-come the idea of failure; rather it is not failure, just more opportunity to expand my knowledge base to become the best candidate possible. I have learned to make the best out of each situation. It has given me the opportunity to be where I am today.
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When I acheived a medal and certfiacte for being a commited peer support leader which ment I help young yr 9 within the college through there frst year of school and any problems, covcerns o iises they had.
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Completing paramedic program and summer work with coast guard directly following highschool.
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University degree and doing something I really love.
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I did well but there is always room for improvement.
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I would say that my academic performance got off to a rocky start, but in recent years it has greatly improved and shows my potential and dedication to hard work.
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I would describe my overall academic peformance to be excellent.
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I've done pretty well overall, but I feel like there is always room for improvement. Biology courses were my weakest classes, and this was because of the amount of content.
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I am a consistent high achiever and have achieved an average above 85% in my top four subjects. I have achieved 20 A grades and 4 B grades across year 11 and 12.
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I am a very determined person. My start at the beginning of college might be rough at first, but I managed to perform better onward. Overal, I would describe my overall academic performance at excellent.
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Great taking into consideration that I have had to work full-time during my undergrad studies.
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Overall my GPA is pretty strong. Although taking some challenging classes I was able to work hard, learn the material, and succeed.
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I feel I have given my best attempt for each and every exam . I scored highest in a class every time but I believe that there is always a room for improvement.
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I would say that I am quite satisfied with all the result I got so far. I had been the top student in my secondary school and always passed with flying colors. I got straight A for both PMR and SPM, and for the most current one, I got 4.0 flat for my matriculation programme.
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I would say that I am quite satisfied with all the result I got so far. I had been the top student in my secondary school and always passed with flying colors. I got straight A for both PMR and SPM, and for the most current one, I got 4.0 flat for my matriculation programme.
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I would describe it as a little above average.
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I am pretty sure that I will maintain my academic performance in this course.
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My academic performance is very good. I believe that I have achieved my goal of graduating with a science degree. I am now one step closer to achieving my ultimate dream of becoming a dentist.
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I think I have had a very good academic performance. Always putting my best effort into everything that I did, learning from my mistakes, and getting the most out of my education.
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I have always been consistent student . Among top ten students.. I mostly have achieved my goals in academics at one point in time.
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I'm a very hard worker and am fairly quick to learn. I have always enjoyed learning new things.
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Overall descent. I have increased my score over the four years, and one thing I can say for sure is that I learned how to study and which study habits work best for me.
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I graduated with a degree in Biology with honor (cum laude). I have always been proud of my academic achievements. I believe that I did pretty good academically considering all of the research and extra-curricular activities that I was involved in.
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During my study, I was a brilliant student. I passed my matriculation in year 2008 and FSc in year 2010 from BISE BWP.I passed my BDS graduation in Dec 2014. I alsocompleted my House job in jan 2016.
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It was a rocky start. But I worked harder for the last couple of years and made a huge improvement academically.
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My academic performance was not bad, however I did struggle during my undergrad but I learned from my struggle and how to overcome them.
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I am a very high achiever, achieving an average of 87% across my top 4 subjects. In year 11 and 12 together I achieved 20 out of a possible 24 A grades with the remainder being B grades.
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I have always been extremely hard working and motivated. I like to set myself goals and then work towards them. Throughout primary school, high school and sixth form I have consistently achieved high grades. I achieved 4 A*s and 6 As in my GCSEs, which was extremely rewarding as I put in alot of time and effort.
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I have always put in my best effort to succeed in my schoolwork, and I believe that it all paid off. I excelled during high school and my first two years at college, and while the University of Michigan was more of a challenge, I drove myself to do well there, earning As and Bs as a result. I always work my hardest when it comes to any task, and I make sure that I do well.
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I like to stay active. I swim, run, lift weights. I also play intramural sports.
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In my spare time im usually read interesting books, play piano. Or sometimes im walking around the park just want relax. Do some Maths/ English exercise.
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Does reading on your spare time help you in school?
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During my spare time in the weekend, I like to go to a badminton club and compete against my friends. This helps me keep fit and it helps me become a more confident person. I also enjoy reading at the library. I find it hard to read at home as I am surrounded by a noisy environment. Therefore, in order for me to concentrate while reading, I tend to go to the library and read peacefully.
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I try to find ways to relax effectively. I exercise and spend time with my girlfriend. I try to make sure that I have the outlets I need to be able to handle the stress of school properly. I have to have a good support network around me.
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My greatest achievement that I have worked so hard for the last 3 years is working on my Masters in Criminal Justice/Corrections and graduated with honors.
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Graduating college with honors. By far.
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My greatest achievement to date has been my Masster's paper in which I am currently working on. Once it is completed, it will be my greatest achievement of my educational career.
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On a personal level, my family. I am very family oriented person and I am proud of our accomplishments together. On a professional level, my greatest accomplishment is entering into the law enforcement with no experience and excelling quickly. I was able to defuse many situations that could have ended badly, including talking a subject down from committing suicide.
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Keeping up with my education and having a family at the same time.
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Becoming a police officer.
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Serving Honorably in the military.
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Assisting innocent clients through the legal system.
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Post secondary education while simultaneously working in a 10 year long career.
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Raising my cumulative g. P. A from a 1. 7 range to a 2.5. When I first arrived at the University of MS, I did not take school seriously, my gpa for my major is over a 3.0, I am very proud of myself.
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My two kids and well balanced adults.
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Retiring from the Marine Corps after 22 years of faithful service.
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Becoming a dad a seeing my son marrying and purchasing a home and finishing college. Now he is becoming a dad himself!
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My ability to see the positive side in most any situation.
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Remaining with the same employer for fourteen years.
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Being successful in the Field of Selling Real Estate.
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Working for corrections for almost 10 years.
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Given the opportunity to attend college.
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My greatest achievement to date in my personal life is definitely my kids. It has just been the 3 of us for 10 years and they have turned out great and are on their way to a happy and successful life.
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I consider my greatest achievement to be receiving a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
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I don't believe that any one moment sticks out in my mind. Everything I have done, successfully or not, has provided me with an experience and knowledge that has brought me to where I am today and I have an annoying tendency to always be proud of who and where I am.
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Being a good father, son, brother and uncle.
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I consider accomplishing the goal of obtaining my Degree is my greatest acheivement.
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My greatest achievement to date is having the ability to have a successful home with 7 children while being in the Army.
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Having my two children and completing college.
78.
One of my greatest achievements is obtaining my BA degree from Hastings College while maintaining my 3.5 GPA
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Obtaining my bachelor's degree and working on my masters.
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Helping people that I assist come from have nothing to get back to been able to be self sufficient again.
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My greatest achievement was being promoted head to cook at my current job.
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Besides my wife and children, it would be that I received my college degree.
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Graduating from college is my greatest achievement.
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My greatest achievement to date is the successful leadership of over 50 Soldiers during the course of three combat tours with out loss of life.
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My greatest achievement is gratuating college and finding a job that I like in the field.
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Raising my kids, both are living productive lifes using values that I instilled in them.
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My greatest achievement was obtaining a bachelors degree in psychology and walking cross the stage surrounded by people but the most important people that were in that crowd was my husband and my five beautiful daughters.
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Waking up in the morning and starting another day is my greatest achievement to date.
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I consider my greatest achievement to date as obtaining my master's degree in Administration, Justice and Security.
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Competing my triple bachelors degree in 4 years.
91.
My greatest achievement to date would have to be becoming a mother, no other experience can relate.
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Raising my two boys and being a good mom.
93.
My greatest achievements are getting my children to graduate and entering college at the age of 34.
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Education has always been extremely important to me however the process of completing the required steps to receiving a degree can seem never ending. When I think of the general challenges one faces to receive their degree and then compare it to my own experiences, I feel that receiving both my undergraduate and graduate degrees have been my greatest accomplishments because I also had the added challenge of doing so as a mother.
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The greatest achievement would be graduating from college and become a parent.
96.
My greatest achievement to date is graduating college with over 3.0 average.
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I am most proud of my proven ability to rebuild business. I did this while I was working with WIS as well as at the start of my employment with SHG. I essentially rebuilt 2 different territories from the ground up while developing and managing key relationships with physicians, staff and other key decision makers.
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Becoming a Registered Nurse. It was scary going back to school, but it is something I wanted to do and I totally emerged myself in it. I graduated with honors and was selected as one of ten inducted into the National Medical Honor society Alpha Eta. Change is good.
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Getting my first jobpassing all of my gcse'scompleting an army training course.
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Gaining my required GCSE's.Achieving extra curricular activity awards.
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Firstly, becoming a supervisor within six months of employment. Secondly, being able to independently run a large shop on my own. Lastly, helping with the arrest of potential thieves in store.

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