Spring 2015 is on our doorstep! What shall we do with the Blog next semester?
Usually Gwen Miller and I have this chat late in the Fall semester. This year, however, the “chat” mainly amounted to making sure I knew how to get into the Career Blog (i.e. recalling my username and password), find my way around the dashboard, and become best friends with the “buttons” I need to press to make sure weekly posts actually “appear.” While I’ve written posts for the Blog over the past six years, I never really “posted” any them. Gwen did that. I will miss her for taking care of those details and much more.
Honestly I am not sure exactly what I will “do” with the Blog this semester, but I promise two things. First, there will be an entry each week. Second, reading it will be like “having your own personal career coach.” That is why we started the Blog, after all.
So let’s get started.
A number of years ago two women, Sheila A. Curran (Duke University) and Suzanne Greenwald (MIT), wrote Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads. Largely the book is a collection of career stories of individuals that were “primed for serendipity and seized the inevitable moments when opportunity knocked.” As the authors are quick to note, none of these individuals soared to instant career success and happiness. They did, however, make some very smart moves in their career planning that the authors grouped into five key, smart lessons.
- Discover who you are and where you want to go
- Get experience
- Build social and networking relationships
- Identify your competence gaps
- Find your hook
It’s going to take some work, but you too can make some smart moves toward your future in the next few months. And we’re here to help you.
Make it a great semester!
- Sharon M. Givler, director, career development