Freshmen

Friday, September 09, 2005

How to talk to anyone: ice breaker tip #1

Seems like a good topic for a weekend when social opportunities usually pile up. Though I love meeting new people, I occasionally find myself freezing before an event. It’s usually the room full of strangers that does it.

So, I collect tips on how to break the ice.

Here’s one from How To Talk To Anyone which I plan to use myself.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 09/09 at 01:56 PM
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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Advice to Freshmen from a Senior

Half way through the second day of classes seems like a good time to welcome incoming freshmen to the hallowed halls of academia, especially if those hallowed halls anywhere near my office. Personally, I’m always delighted to see the campus abuzz with activity.

On top of mastering details like where to get computer support or where to find your classes—short term survival skills—there looms at the back of some students’ minds vague questions, like where am I headed with this college thing. Or, more specifically, what am I majoring in??

Maybe not surprisingly, 70% of all in coming freshmen switch their initial major during that first year. And that’s where this advice to freshmen from a senior comes in….

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 09/07 at 01:23 PM
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Friday, August 26, 2005

Informational Interviews at your fingertips

How do you find out—before you get there—what your dream job is really like?

I’ve met with a number of people who never did check things out ahead to time and, low and behold, 15 years later and they hate (should be a capital H there) what they’re doing. Worse yet, might be making a lot of money doing it, thus exacerbating the stuck feeling. A few lawyers I met with years ago always come to mind.

Anyway, one low risk way to get the facts is to do informational interviews, i.e. line up what amounts to advice time with a professional and get them to basically tell their story.

Sound too daunting? Well, jump to http://www.roadtripnation.com and click on Interviews for real life tips from people in a variety of fields.

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 08/26 at 01:49 PM
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Monday, August 22, 2005

Think you can’t get there from here?

Cross roads. Life choices. Which way to go…

I did a late-night in the dorms last year where I talked about my own career story. What struck me was how often I’d made decisions in the dark. You know, that place where you don’t know which way to go but your back’s up against the wall and you have to choose something.

Iíve been in that spot many times. But over the weekend I thought of yet one more incident. Again, I didn’t know what I was doing but somehow ended up in an entirely different spotóthe place I was designed for—because of the changed direction.

Here’s the story…

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 08/22 at 10:11 AM
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Friday, August 19, 2005

What do you talk about with a career counselor?

So you’ve seen the office space—-or at least gotten a glimpse in the last posting because I admit that the pic is a bit on the tiny side. Now the next hurdle. What do you talk about with a career counselor?

Many people come in with pretty specific questions—like, how does my resume look or how do I write a cover letter?

But, what if you’re one of those people with no specific concerns, someone who just thinks it would be a good idea to visit a career counselor? Or maybe, worse yet, your parents have been bugging you to come in and you’re worried about not having anything to say. How awkward would that be!

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Posted by Bonnie Speyers on 08/19 at 02:19 PM
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