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Recession-Proof Graduate

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  • pedropaulosantossilveira9 Pedro Paulo Santos Silveira It allows both parties the opportunities to see not only if the skills fit, but also if the values fit. All good team relationships are built step-by-step, working day by day, with mutual goals and aspirations. Internships allow us to get to know the interns and vice versa?

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  • dlnperpac dlnperpac Well done, Charlie - this is excellent advice for everyone...not just new grads. And it has the added credibility of coming from a young person who has personal, demonstrable experience making it work! I was an HR exec for years before I moved into learning to be a webpreneur and I can't tell you how many times the advice I gave to job seekers was 'network,network, network;' determine what you can do for the organization vs what it can do for you; show initiative (both during the job search and as an employee;) be consistent - plan your work and work your plan; understand you may have to zigzag your way to your ultimate goal; and be prepared to sacrifice now for the future. It was frustrating when the advice seeker would then tell me all the reasons she/he couldn't/wouldn't do any/all of those things and go back to uselessly sending out hundreds of resumes.

    With companies now using data base systems to store and recall applicantions along specific dimensions, the need to distinguish yourself beyond your resume becomes even greater. I am not a proponent of these systems by the way - I believe much can be learned by a person's covering letter and resume presentation - even when reviewing hundreds of resumes- but they are a fact of life now.

    So kudos for sharing your wisdom in such a compelling way.
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  • JoshuaMattIsaacson Josh Isaacson, New Media/Social Media/Production at Self This was a great read. I enjoyed everything you mentioned. I can see how free work can pay off. i definitely will incorporate this into my plan. 2 years ago
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  • scarh2 scarh2 This is a great presentation! Thank you for posting it & making it available for others to read and learn from. You are a smart young man. 3 years ago
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  • pandza Daniel Pandza, Business Model Designer & PassionBusiness Coach at ITESM Campus GDL Well digested advice for everybody who is looking for methodologies to find a meaningful professional engagment. This advice is not only recession-proof, but serves for everybody who wants to differentiate herself from the crowd. 3 years ago
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  • guestd42bca6f Jasmine Hood I am amazed to find this e-book telling the story of my life for the past 8 months. I took a couple of jobs right after graduation that had me feeling like I either wasted the past 4 years or something’s got to give. I enrolled in an online graduate program, but I still needed to change my employment situation. So I moved back home with my parents and am currently working one official internship and 2 ’free-work’ opportunities. My friends don’t really get the concept and my parents are eyeing me suspiciously, but the truth is these opportunities are truly changing the course of my career path. Because I’m slightly changing fields, the free work opportunities give me the required experience that I would not otherwise have. I have begun interviewing for full-time jobs and hope to land something solid soon that will have me jumping out of bed happy to go to work. Unitl then I am building skills and experience concurrent with my studies and doing it my way! 4 years ago
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  • hmundahl Hans Mundahl, Technology Coordinator & Director of Experiential Learning at New Hampton School The key take away for me is that it's possible, enjoyable, and valuable to start the process described in this presentation much earlier than after college.

    Many educators warn students about what they shouldn't do online because colleges will 'find out.' I think we should change the dialog to a non fear-based discussion and consider the opportunities students as well as job seekers have for creating content, networking with like minded folks (peers as well as luminaries), and contributing something to a field, organization or community. These opportunities are relatively accessible and available through online work.

    My school is recruiting a student heavily who started a small business with his parents for example. Schools and employers are trying to guess about what a person will do in the future, if they can see what the person has already done (outside of a contrived classroom environment) then there is a much lower risk.

    The troubling thing about this presentation is the author's statement that although he 'did what he was supposed to do' he was unprepared for the job search. This tells me that the people and institutions deciding what he was supposed to do need to rethink a few things.

    Thanks again for a sharing a thoughtful presentation.
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  • cdtavijit Avijit Paul, Developer, Designer at Queensland University of Technology I agree thousand percent with the slides. Absolutely correct. Although initially you will have very little money, but it will grow. Great presentation. 4 years ago
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  • guestbc85d8 UniversalGiving Dear Charlie,

    Thank you for your concept on freework. We actually have a lot of people, both paid, unpaid, employees, consultant, interns, volunteers -- who work virtually. It's an important way for work to take place, and with the right person who has the 'get up and go' and self discipline, it can be a great fit.

    Regardless, in-person or virtually based internships, I am a fan. I'm a social entrepreneur (you can see my interview in BusinessWeek for background:http://tinyurl.com/7vhvfb) and think the topic of interns and freework is essential.

    We have more than 10 interns at UniversalGiving™, and we've found it to be a very productive experience. It's our goal to provide them a great work environment, ownership, management guidance and a positive atmosphere. We also do achieve many of our goals through them. It turns out to be very honest, productive and pleasing to both parties.

    To be honest, often people are soulsearching. Some are not sure what they want to do and would like to try out a new skill. Others are 'trying out' the nonprofit realm. Many simply need a kind, structured, productive environment while seeking employment. Some just need a break.

    Our solution: We give them all great experience and put them right to work! Even if they decide it is not for them, they have still learned a lot, and we have benefited. We've organized the tasks so that they build to our goals. Those who move past 'Level 1' of marketing research, for example, might be advanced to handling marketing partnerships. In essence, whether it is employees, interns or volunteers, good management and proper delegation per each skill level is essential.

    Here are some of the highlights we've found in effective Internship Management:

    *We provide a Manager who is willing to guide them.
    *We have specific Business Units, such as Corporate, Development, Marketing, NGO Services, which provides focus. It allows them to gain new skills and for us to execute on priorities.
    *We have a WorkPlan, which allows us to track progress, set deadlines as a team, and achieve goals.
    *We have Job Descriptions. We give them a template; we agree on the responsibilities. They write it so we are sure we are on the same page.
    *We provide free, catered lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with free coffee, pretzels and snacks.
    *With solid work, we provide recommendations and references from the CEO.

    Often our interns are a feeder to employment: They might 'graduate' to consultant and then to employee. We see this often. It allows both parties the opportunities to see not only if the skills fit, but also if the values fit. All good team relationships are built step-by-step, working day by day, with mutual goals and aspirations. Internships allow us to get to know the interns and vice versa. Rather than try to determine a good fit by interviews (and some people are great at interviewing, but not necessarily great for the job), we both get practical experience.

    My view is that UniversalGiving (http://www.universalgiving.org) wouldn't be the same without our interns. They bring joy, enthusiasm, good work ethic, positive attitudes, execution and new ideas.

    Sincerely, Pamela

    Pamela Hawley
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  • mriffey Mark Riffey An interesting sidebar to Charlie′s discussion (which is a good idea, IMO) is a recent post in Mark Cuban's blog: http://blogmaverick.com/2009/09/05/want-an-unpaid-internship-so-you-can-get-valuable-experience-screw-you/ 4 years ago
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