- Can you remember your first professional interview after you left college?
- Do you remember what your career goals were?
- What would you do differently today, based on the knowledge you’ve picked up over the years?
As adults we have the advantage of hindsight to see what we should have done to prepare ourselves for careers. There are two things I wish I had mastered BEFORE I entered the workplace.
First, I wished I had learned how to network with others. I didn’t spend time while in college developing a network of friends that I might do business with or that might give me a job. My small circle of friends was all that I needed.
I can remember the first business networking event I went to when I was out of college. It was a meeting of the local chapter of the AMA. I started getting nervous the minute I walked to the door, got three feet in and saw everyone pared up and panicked, turned around and walked out the door. Later I learned that 60% of Americans consider themselves shy and overtime learned tips on how to overcome my shyness. (One was to make a game out of introducing myself and talking to everyone wearing red, blue or black)
Second, I wish I had reached out to others to gain insights on myself and guidance to help me make important decisions. I was raised to figure things out on my own. Asking for help or input was a sign of weakness. As a result, I bumbled along, doing the best I could while making critical career decisions.
Then, in my 30’s, I fortunately learned the value of reaching out to other professionals for advice and career guidance and was fortunate to have had a number of incredible, gifted and successful mentors who challenged me and made me the person I am today. The advice and guidance Willis and later mentors providers kept me from totally self destructing my career and businesses! My first book, Create a NET Centered Campus was dedicated to Willis Wolf, a man who spent his retirement years mentoring people like me.
TalentMarks is an outcome of our passion to help graduates hit the ground running with the right networking, social and job search skills to succeed.
We look forward to helping you reach your goals!