Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
TIPS FOR PICKING YOUR MAJOR
1. Obtain the list of what is offered at your school
2. List what interests you 2-5 options
3. Obtain the list of courses that are offered per major
4. Highlight the courses within each major that interest you *read the course descriptions* go through them one by one to see what sounds interesting & make notes
5. Contact and/or introduce yourself to 2 professors, career development staff, program adviser/guidance counselor & students within the major you are interested in. Ask them for a phone conference or face to face meeting. Ask them for feedback about their discipline. A. What they like about it? B. What they don’t? C. Why do they teach this discipline?/ Or why did you pick this major? D. Where have their students’ gone or professional fields they have chosen with this major? E. What are some of the challenges with this major?
6. Go to the library and/or research online career options for people majoring in what you have selected as your choices?
7. Take an assessment (Jung Typology) *think about the results & talk to someone you think may be able to share further insight like a career counselor, parent, teacher)
8. Once you’ve narrowed down your search based on these things, contact the Career Office or your Guide Counselor or Admissions Counselor for more information
9. Go back to Academic Services or Career Development to share your information and be determined to make a decision.
10. Finally, know that no-matter what you choose that if you choose another career path in the end that is okay. For example: my boss in Finance was an English Major, an Accountant I met started in Marketing. It’s not the end all be all – so just step out on faith, but absolutely include your research, interviewing, and gut and go for it!
VIDEO on Picking a Major:
Monday, February 1, 2010
You must know the top managers or CEO’s in order to network!
This is just not true! In fact, how I landed my 1st internship at Neiman Marcus was by talking to the sales associates in the store. I set up informational interviews with them because they had something I didn’t: ~ inside knowledge of the company, who is who, cultural norms, corporate structure etc.
You must start right where you are. Don’t discount even the young person that rings you up at the cashier they know HR and you don’t.
It’s just a matter of starting the process. Your contacts will increase over time but it’s easier & smart to start where you can practice that 60 second elevator pitch and perfect it by the time you get up the CEO and top management.
Myth # 2:
You have to be a natural to network, it doesn’t take work!
I had a client come in today to tell me she landed an Investment Banking Job at UBS in New York. She started with me and she was very timid and not sure of how to network. So we worked on: a. 1st her image, b. elevator pitch, and c. her reasons for wanting to network.
Once you have those key things settled then you’ll build the confidence to go at it because you have planned out what you want to say.
It’s not about you being a natural it’s about you being able to think, write and practice.
It’s also something you can learn, yes, I said learn. Now until my book comes out on networking – try reading two good books ;-)
Little Black Book of Connection ~ 6.5 Assets for Networking Your Way to RICH Relationships
By: Jeffrey Gitomer’s
The Networking Survival Guide ~ Get the success you want by tapping into the people you know
By: Diane Darling
You have to be an Extrovert to be a successful networker!
So not true! I have had so many shy clients (men and women) come to me and say but I can’t network. Well, it’s similar to what I said above you must practice, practice and practice.
Would you believe it if I told you my Myers Briggs Type Analysis said I was an INTJ ~ yes the I stands for Introvert!
I know, I know… you’re saying no way is Natascha an Introvert. I think Dr. Phil is too, now that I think about it. Well, it’s because we have the ability to adapt to our surroundings when necessary but I prefer to be alone. So I have the ability to step out of my comfort zone in order to achieve what it is I want to achieve.
Networking takes too much time & it can only be done face to face!
Remember the last time you were on the bus and you had a great conversation until you arrived at your next stop.
Remember the time you were at the checkout counter and the cashier was taking forever and you and the next person in line struck up a conversation while you both waited.
Well, it only takes you 2 seconds to say hello and deliver small talk, the weather, the outfit, the neighborhood, the cab that drove by with a sign on it or I’ve seen you around do you work in the area?
- Would you believe I met a top Pharmaceutical Sales Rep off Facebook?
- Would you believe I met an HR Executive for our state transportation system off Blackplanet?
- Would you believe I met a Hip-Hop Music Writer for a top record label off Myspace?
Just be sure to be polite & courteous in all of your interactions and offer useful information to your contacts – it works both ways. You as well need to be of value to them.
You need to know tons of people to network!
NOT! NOT! NOT!
Listen, just start with who you know:
1. Your friends
2. Your friends’ parents
3. Your parents
4. Your parents’ friends
5. Your neighbors
6. Your dentist (ouch, guess what, my dentist is married to the sister of the Dean at my school)
7. Your doctor (where did he/she go to school, work, private practice etc. my doctor when to an Ivy League, can you say personal reference)
8. Your hairstylist (now think how many clients they have… hello???)
9. Your favorite restaurant owner (imagine how many people eat in there)
10. Your personal trainer (guess what their client list must be like)
11. Your past colleagues (yes even past jobs/internships/church work)
12. Your past professors (what and you thought all they did was teach, they have their own businesses & have published books)
13. Former classmates (so what are they doing now)