Friday, December 6, 2013

Captain Your Career Voyage


 
"The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

Over the years, students have come to me to ask for help as they are about to enter the job market. Oftentimes students get to the end of their program and are suddenly not sure about what kind of job they want to do. One piece of advice I always  give: go talk with career services.

Here at Anderson students have lucked out in that the Anderson Career Services office is actually actively helping out the students with a wide range of services and activities. Go to all of them. Approach it as an information gathering session on how to write your resume, how to dress professionally, and the best way to conduct yourself at interviews so you get that internship or job that you're interested in. But most importantly, go to every Student and Employer Networking Reception. It's the best way to learn about a company and the skills that they are looking for in an employee. Talk to as many people as you can. Work the room. It's the best way to practice your social skills. Try to get as many interviews because even if you don't get the job, it's still practice and you'll be better on the next interview. And sometimes the way to figure out the kind of job that you want is to find out the kind of job you don't want. Remember, success is measured not only by the job title or how much money we make, but also by liking what we do.
 
 
Prof. Majadillas is an Assistant Professor at the FITE department. She teaches classes in securities analysis, investments, and corporate finance.

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