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Networking is more important than you think

Networking is everything. Meeting new people, as many people as you can, is as important as an impressive resume or extensive experience, sometimes even more important. Knowing people, no matter how unimportant or important you think they are, will almost always come in handy later in life when you’re looking for that dream job. When it comes to that time in your life when the job you’re applying for is being decided between you and someone else, having connections and knowing people in your field will be your saving grace, will get you that job.

Talking everyone and anyone can lead to great experiences. Graphic from logok.org
Talking everyone and anyone can lead to great experiences. Graphic from logok.org

Outside my hotel in New York city, I was smoking a cigarette, wearing my student media conference name tag, when a woman walked up and stood next to me and pulled out a cigarette as well.

She saw my name tag, as well as my girlfriend’s name tag who was also standing next to me, and began to talk to us, asking about the conference and what specifically we were doing here. As we were telling her, she revealed to us that she is a managing editor at NBC. We kept our conversation going by asking her questions about her job and how she got to the position she is at now. She gave us advice, telling us we need to do internships every year, that networking and knowing people will be vital to our careers in media.

She gave us wonderful advice and expressed to us that she loved her job and she feels rewarded everyday, being able to do what she does. As she was leaving, we graciously thanked her for talking to us and she told us again “Internships, internships, internships!” I will forever remember that conversation and how much her advice affected me.

When we walked outside our hotel to smoke, we would have never thought that we’d run into the managing editor of NBC. If we had been at a different place at a different time, we would have never had the amazing opportunity of meeting her. If we weren’t wearing our name tags, she would have had no idea we were attending the student media conference and she wouldn’t have talked to us in the first place.

We didn’t think we would have met someone so influential by going outside and having a cigarette. Networking doesn’t always have to be forced, nor does it have to be awkward or intimidating. Cecilia Bradley was one of the nicest women I’ve ever met and she’ll never know the true impact she had on me. Who knows, maybe sometime in the future, our small conversation on the streets of New York City will help me get my dream job.

Brrr! It’s cold out there

The phenomenon has lasted since the beginning of my middle school career. The winter is coming to an end and there’s that one random day of warmth. The temperature has somehow skyrocketed from 20 degrees or less up to a roaring 65! People tend to freak out when this happens. They see the glimmer of hope that all of this is going to be over. The cold is going away! No more snow!

However, this is just a fluke;the cold comes back full force later that week, or worse, the very next day. Now 65 degrees really isn’t even that warm-in my humble opinion-but that doesn’t stop us. Students break out their summer dresses and shorts, attempting a bizarre ritual where we try to force the cold season to end by sheer willpower. This happens every year, without fail.

People try so hard to force a new season to begin and move on to something else. We know we can’t though. We have to take things one day at a time and let them run their course. You should really enjoy each season, one at a time. For one thing, you catch colds and have them spread across campus when you don’t dress appropriately for the weather. Also, you’re rushing through your college career.

snowEven though college is a trying and stressful time for a lot of people, it’s also an experience that will impact you and your choices for the rest of your life. You can’t simply skip that. Take everything one day at a time and get as much as you can out of this before you’re on your own in the big bad world. In the blink of an eye, you’ll have graduated and be responsible for taking care of yourself and building a career.

There are just so many things you can do in college to maximize your experience. Even if you feel like your workload is large, clubs can be a lifesaver, an oasis. Clubs can provide the mental break from all of the homework and planning that you are constantly busy with. Clubs can also provide you with connections and strong friendships that can help you later on in life.

What to know when you attend a career fair

Whether you’re about to graduate or you’re just a freshman discovering college, you can always benefit from attending career fairs. Representatives from companies attend these fairs offering internship positions as well as full time employment opportunities.

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If you never explore you’ll never know what’s out there. Photo from Creative Commons.

Here are some things to keep in mind when attending a career fair. Continue reading What to know when you attend a career fair