For a .pdf version, please click here: College-Success-Guide-Weeks-1-2
Series: If I Knew Then What I Know Now
Topic: College Success Guide: Weeks 1-2
An Informational Interview is one of the most underutilized tools in career success. In this video, I talk about what it is (a conversation that you, the candidate engages in with a professional to ask about their career trajectories and lessons that can teach you on your path to success) and what is it not (a pitch to get hired for a specific position). Please let me know what you think! 🙂 Best, — Maya
Click here for a .pdf: Dress-for-Success-April-21-2019
[TLDR: The variety of human “success” journeys is never-ending and yet, at the core, the same values abide when it comes to defining success strategies: trust; honesty; genuineness; caring for the group as much as for the self; seeking community; and finding purpose in one’s work. ]
I had the privilege today of talking to three different groups of professionals at a career fair hosted by Harris Corporation (https://www.harris.com/). My area of training, education, and counseling is career success/life success. I asked 2 questions of professionals across fields of specialization, including Engineers in their late 20s/early 30s, Directors in their early 40s, and Executive/upper-level Managers in their mid-60s. To various extents, from a single project to holistic oversight/reporting to the company board of Directors, each of these individuals is involved in project management, including hiring, training, and onboarding. Across their range of experience and responsibilities, the professionals talked about the following characteristics as being vital to success in the 21st century global workplace.
Question 1. What are 2-3 key characteristics that make young professionals successful when completing internships and first few jobs after graduation?
Question 2: What is one thing you wish you knew then (when you were a college graduate/young professional yourself) that you know now?
My own takeaway: The willingness of professionals to help others, to patiently talk with pesky Career Advisors like myself, and share knowledge, strategies, journeys, and hard-earned wisdom with no direct ROI (Return on Investment) in sight — is truly humbling and inspiring. Days like today (as do most days) remind me of why it is that I am in love with what I do. Because, for the most part, my work keeps me in constant touch with the best parts of humanity.
To each and every one of the Harris Corporation professionals who took the time tonight to share their insights and help new(ish) professionals in the making: THANK YOU!
Questions for Readers: 1. What is a key professional (human) skill in your field that you have found to be vital to career success? 2. What is one thing you wish you had known ‘then’ (when you started your life in the professional work world) that you know now?
Looking forward to your responses. And here’s to staying warm!