Monday, May 17, 2010
Response: "7 Ways a College Student Can Start Becoming a Professional Now"
Source: The Onion
Yesterday, I read a piece of advice that is remarkably allied to my current status as a soon-to-be college grad (Holy COW!)
It came from Steve Hannah, CEO of The Onion (the funniest faux news source under the sun.) When asked, " What is your career advice to somebody just graduating from college?" He replied, rather matter-of-factly:
" Find what you really love to do and then go after it — relentlessly. And don’t fret about the money. Because what you love to do is quite likely what you’re good at. And what you’re good at will likely bring you financial reward eventually.
I’ve seen too many people who have plotted a career, and often what’s at the heart of all that plotting is nothing other than a stack of dollar bills. You need to be happy in order to be good, and you need to be good in order to succeed. And when you succeed, there’s a good chance you’ll get paid."
On one hand, I can't hardly believe I'm graduating. It seems like just yesterday I was eating PB&Js on the playground, studying the Oregon Trail, listening to Spice Girls on my discman on the walk home from school. Conversely, I feel like I've been in school forever—which is true: I've spent nearly three-fourths of my life as a pupil. Needless to say, I'm so burnt out. And I feel it's fair enough for me to say that. I'm ready for the next chapter, the next step. I've never been so eager for anything in my entire life.
That's why I found "7 Ways a College Student Can Start Becoming a Professional Now" particularly useful & relatable.
Here is what David Spinks suggests. Let's see how I match up.
Plant your seeds.
Well, I have a LinkedIn profile but it's collecting dust. Perhaps it's about time I start using it.
Participate in projects.
"Start writing for college newspapers," says Spinks. I agree. I'm writing for two campus publications found here and here
I frequent lectures (if my homework load permits) and treasure every piece of advice a professional provides.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I'm a frequent, if not obsessive user of just about every social media gadget out there.
YES! Thank you, Spinks. Love it.
Aforementioned, I cherish all professional advice, especially advice from those professionals who are deeply passionate about what they do.
Ignore me and do whatever you want.
Everyone has their own style, yes, but I think this a solid list of advice.
Posted by Alison at 10:12 PM