“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?
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“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
Earlier, I listened to a Ted Talk my cousin sent me, Tim Urban: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, and I found it funny for more reasons than just the delivery. It is because I could relate. Urban talks about how he had his senior thesis to complete, and he wanted to work on it over time so that he would not have to pull an all-nighter right before it was due. Although he carefully planned out how to tackle the task, he still ended up having to write 90 pages in 72 hours.