Who do you see?
Too often we are out here busy chasing the dream that someone else presented to us and we never take the time to consider what truly energizes us. Sometimes we hear about how great the money is, but end up miserable and stressed. But, I have that money, right?
The other issue is that we surround ourselves with folks with the “can’t do” attitude when in reality they just do not have the same drive or motivation you do.
I was talking with some 8th graders last year and one told me that his parents told him he could never be a doctor. My mind was shocked, but I had to let him know that with hard work he could get it done. Without the family support, he would just have to work even harder. It is harder to break the cycle of negative minds in your own household, but those barriers must be broken.
More companies are seeing the benefit of investing in their employees future. While some companies offer student loan assistance, there are others that are providing student loan benefits. Nvidia’s reimbursement plan will allow you to apply for up to $6000 a year maxing out at $30,000.
Check out the list of 9 other companies offering benefits here.
In a previous article, I talked about having that game plan so that you know how to tackle the Internship/Career Fairs. Let’s talk about the day of, and issues I have seen with how candidates approach employers.
“Confidence comes from knowing what you’re doing. If you are prepared for something, you usually do it. If not, you usually fall flat on your face.” – Tom Landry
Internship and Career Fair season is stressful for both attendees and employers. The employers must make sure that they have all the information for any handouts, materials for table setup, presentations, and of course the marketing swag that some attendees grab even if they do not visit with that company, so you need to do your part and show up prepared as well. A few years ago, I started working for a new corporation and part of my reason for accepting this offer, instead of the others, was that it would allow me to start an internship/mentorship program and speak to local high school and college students about starting their careers. Having been on both ends, I have a different perspective on how to approach the situation, although one size does not fit all.
This article is intended to help you prepare to arrive ready to show up and show out meaning you are confident when speaking, and able to captivate potential employers. You do want to be memorable, right?
What is the game plan? Continue reading
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Elliot
Failure to innovate or take risks can eventually take down the most successful companies. Throughout history, there have been countless companies on top of their industry that did not stand the test of time. The same time that allowed competition to take advantage of and adopt new technologies. Although Blockbuster met its demise for several reasons, failure to innovate would be in the top three. In 2000, the CEO of Blockbuster was approached by the founder of Netflix with a proposal to form a partnership. Blockbuster was doing so well, and they already had their recipe for success, so they did not do the analysis and failed to connect the unseen factors. When companies are consistently increasing revenue with little to no change in the business model, it is often harder for them to embrace strategic thinkers. How long will the success of your current strategic initiative prevent you from failing? Continue reading