|Letters to a Young Manager|
|I understand from your recent presentation at the local university, you were asked the question about how to better prepare for the workforce. You did well to talk about your own path and what has worked for you. What are the things I recommend when students ask?|
Having hired many professionals over the years, I find that five things are important for standing out among the competition:
When someone is not quite sure where they want to focus, or how to choose among jobs or internships, I recommend the following exercises (note that these are highly individual; it's about finding what's right for you.)
Finally, for students who want to work in the nonprofit sector, I ask them to think about five continua (Ask yourself, where am I on these after researching organizations?):
The bottom line is that there are no simple answers when considering career advice, but the discussion should be one of personal discovery. And you are the tour guide!
| Here is the values clarification exercise template: |
Build your story a credential at a time
1. Were the exercises useful or not? Why or why not?
2. What experiences of a personal decision-making process have you or someone you know had that resonates with you?
|For Further Reading: |
1) See the Weighted Matrix (#141)
2) For an enlightening exercise, see the StrengthFinders 2.0 book: https://www.amazon.com/StrengthsFinder-2-0-Tom-Rath/dp/159562015X/
plus the StrengthFinders test web site: https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/
Note the "Redeem Access Code" button; you can get the code from the book.
The strengths-finders test is useful to find your top strengths versus their database of 20M people. (It costs $20 or you can buy the book on Amazon and get the code free): https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/home/en-us/strengthsfinder
3) The Keirsey profile test that clarifies your problem-solving/learning styles (it's free): https://profile.keirsey.com/#/b2c/assessment/start