2017-12

What Post-Grad Life Has Taught Me

December 11, 2017

Aloud  YoProAs any recent college grad knows, reality can hit you hard: post-grad life is scary. When I graduated, I felt like I was supposed to know exactly what I was doing, but I really had no idea — and I was terrified of what was to come. I thought everyone had it all figured out except me. Now, I’ve learned how untrue that is. Here are nine lessons I’ve learned since walking across that graduation stage nearly two years ago.

You Work As Hard As You Can, and Then Work Harder

Being an adult is hard work — constant hard work. The majority of post-grads have to work 10 times harder than they ever thought possible to get the entry-level job they deserve. And once you start progressing, you work even harder to keep your job and move up in your career. 

Nothing Will Be Handed To You

At a job interview, you may be equally qualified as the candidate next to you, if not more, but they could still get the job. Maybe they know the interviewer, they have the same alma mater, or they have an inside connection in the company. Instead of taking it personally, shake it off and keep trying. Nobody said it was fair, but if you persist, you will eventually earn the opportunities you deserve.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

So you bombed a work presentation or called someone by the wrong name in an interview. It’s not the end of the world! Every successful person has made more mistakes than they can count throughout their career. Always try your best, but don’t fret over one mistake. Instead, pick yourself up and move forward.

Work/Life Balance Is Hard

You only have 24 hours in a day — how do you work hard at your full-time job, take care of basic responsibilities, get enough sleep, and still have time to enjoy life? Work/life balance is a challenge and a constant game of give and take. Your social life won’t be the same as it was in college, and that’s okay. All you can do is figure out what works best for you, and try to spend wisely the free time you do have. 

If You Don’t Know, Ask

Whether it’s at work, your doctor’s office, your bank, or anywhere else, if you want to know something, speak up! It’s the only way you can learn, and no one will judge you for trying to understand to the best of your ability.

Fake It ’Til You Make It

You may feel like you’re the only one who has trouble waking up on time, understanding how to execute all your job duties perfectly, or managing your money. But the truth is, no one has it all figured out, no matter their age. Everyone is just trying their best and learning along the way.

Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

A younger candidate in your field already has the dream job you’ve been eyeing, whereas you’re stuck in an entry-level position you hate. You only know what that person chooses to share, so there is no use worrying about whose life is “better.” Everyone’s journey is different, and comparing yourself will only leave you feeling discouraged and unmotivated. The only person you should compete against is you. 

You’re More Capable than You Think

If you bypass doubt, you’ll learn that you’re able to take on more than you give yourself credit for. Whether that’s tackling a new position with longer hours, finally starting that after-work hobby you’ve always wanted to do, vowing to expand your social life or start a new exercise regimen, having confidence in yourself and your ability to set and reach goals is key.

Be Kind To Yourself

The most important thing I’ve learned in post-grad life is to be your own biggest supporter. Leaving the comfort of college and taking on the word is a huge whirlwind of change, and it’s vital to take care of your mental, physical and emotional health in order to be the best possible version of yourself. 

 

 

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Chelsey Hamilton
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Five Foolproof Networking Strategies

December 4, 2017

networkingThink back to the last networking event you attended. Which best describes you?

  1. I came with a few friends and spent most of the time chatting with them about our jobs and personal lives.
  2. I passed out as many business cards as possible and hoped someone would contact me about a job opportunity.
  3. I was nervous I wouldn’t have anything interesting to say, so I wandered around the buffet before leaving early.
  4. I engaged in meaningful discussions with a range of professionals and walked away with new relationships that I’m continuing to develop today.

Unless you answered D, you are probably networking without a clear strategy in mind. Instead, show up to your next event with a solid plan for networking with purpose. Whether you're searching for a new job or looking to establish a connection with an influencer in your field, check out our tips below to make your next networking opportunity a more meaningful experience.

Try out your new strategy with your fellow NYWICI members at "Sip, Shop, Schmooze" at Lord and Taylor, an evening of networking, shopping and festive cocktail fare. Taking place on Dec. 11, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the evening will feature opportunities for connecting, a discount for shopping and conversations with some of the smartest women in the communications industry.

Plan some talking points

Come prepared with a few talking points ready, especially if you’re nervous to network. This doesn’t have to be an elevator pitch to sell yourself, but knowing what you'd like to discuss about your career or field will help put you at ease to ask meaningful questions and strike up interesting conversations. If there’s a theme to the event, make sure to have your own point of view that you can add to the discussion.

Seek out a range of professionals

Meeting people at your career level is a great chance to talk about shared challenges, but make it a goal to speak with a more diverse group. Strike up a conversation with a more senior leader to ask big-picture questions about your field and to learn how they made it to their level. Get to know professionals in different industries for a fresh perspective on career paths you might not have considered.

Focus on what you can give, not what you want to get

Even if you’re in the midst of a job hunt, look for ways to offer your own help and connections to the people you meet. Professionals will be more interested in speaking with you if they know you’re not there only for personal gain — and they could be more willing to help you in the future.

Talk about more than just work

Talking about your current job, company and industry is a given. But don't limit your conversations to work-related topics. Asking about outside interests and mentioning your own hobbies can lead to more personal connections and make your discussions more memorable.

Follow up with new connections after the event

A day or two after the event, make sure to connect with those you met on LinkedIn with a personalized message. But also consider using Twitter and other forms of communication to continue building your relationships. Stay in touch by retweeting your connections, sharing interesting articles and offering to make your own introductions when the time is right.

 

Photo: Copyright Maryanne Russell

 

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Lauren Tran
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Follow Your Instincts and Other Lessons from the 2017 NYWICI Student Communications Career Conference

December 4, 2017

It feels like there were endless takeaways from the 2017 NYWICI Student Communications Career Conference. A few pieces of advice stand out though. For starters, the morning keynote speaker, Tiffany Pham, CEO of Mogul — a leading company that helps women and works with the United Nations to provide education to girls across the world — advised us all to be kind, authentic and generous, three values that she instills in her company. And lunch keynote Kelle Jacob, the Global Marketing Manager for Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Collaboration and the Estee Edit by Estee Lauder, stressed following your gut, stating that if you know you’re right for something and the gatekeeper to your life says no, go get a new gatekeeper.

These empowering women were just two of the more than 40 communications professionals who spoke on over 10 topics that the conference this year, which took place Nov. 18, 2017, at the NYU Kimmel Center. The day started off with an empowering speech and continued for hours until it ended with a panel of four NYWICI leaders giving advice to the more than 200 students in attendance.

This year, the Student Affairs committee shook up the format of the conference and included not only panels, but workshops, too. The first three panels focused on “The Many Facets of Careers in Communications,” “How to Land the Perfect Job/Internship” and “Defining Your Personal Brand.” The panelists included a variety of unique communicators and innovators discussing topics such as drilling home your most important point in an interview, being yourself in the workplace and finding something you love, while learning everything you can about it. Vice’s Senior Creative, Charlotte Japp, emphasized, “You’ll always do better at a job if you’re doing something you love.”

The remaining breakout sessions throughout the day consisted of workshops on “Creating Your Killer Elevator Pitch,” “Your Best Answers to Every Interview Questions,” “Negotiating Your Way To Success” and “Your Guide To Freelance Writing.” Not only did the workshops offer great advice, they truly allowed the attendees to leave with an action item such as how to ask for a raise, how to answer tough interview questions, what to include in a personal elevator pitch and even how to pitch an article idea to a favorite media outlet. Young professionals from amazing companies like NBCUniversal, SiriuxXM Radio, Scholastic, PEOPLE Magazine and Nielsen helped facilitate the workshops and offered their own personal advice to help students navigate their careers.

The closing panel consisted of NYWICI Leaders, including Meredith Long, NYWICI President and Senior Vice President and General Manager of News, Luxury, and Style at Time Inc. She advised to “plan your life, not your career.” On the other hand, Senior Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Weber Shandwick, Judith Harrison, encouraged students to make mistakes, but never make the same mistake twice. The day ended with raffles donated by Birchbox, Inkwell, The New York Times and Stitch Fix. The raffle winners were not the only ones to leave with some swag though. Every student went home carrying a stocked goodie bag thanks to Conde Nast, Dow Jones, Idealist, Meredith Corporation, Mogul, NYU, Time Inc. and True Citrus.

As a NYWICI member and someone who has attended the NYWICI Student Communications Career Conference twice, I understand that this event can really propel a career in a direction that one could never have imagined and can advance your professional and personal growth with every year that you attend.

The annual NYWICI student communications career conference are inspiring, informative and empowering to become the best media leaders in the future and help others to be successful together. This year’s conference offered many valuable lessons to help us get there: that we must take risks and follow our instincts; that if a decision scares you it can be a sign that you need to follow it through, even if no one else agrees with you; that if you know your idea is new, different and important, be bold and pursue it — and that you can’t be an innovator if you’re afraid to stray from the beaten path. 

 

Slideshow images: Copyright Maryanne Russell

 

 

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Lexie White