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3 Tips for Early Careerists by DJ Jeffries


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Tips for careerists derived from a conversation between Dr. Craig Engstrom, assistant professor of business communication, and D.J. Jeffries, an alumnus of Dept. of Communication Studies at SIUC (Class of 2017).

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3 Tips for Early Careerists by DJ Jeffries

  1. 1. DJ Jeffries @thedjjeffries | 3 TIPS FOR EARLY CAREERISTS
  2. 2. DJ is a   Gates Millennium Scholar (funded by Bill & Melinda Gates), a University Innovation Fellow (funded by Stanford University), and a Richard B. Fisher scholar (funded by Morgan Stanley). He graduated from SIUC in 2017 and works in HR for Morgan Stanley in Manhattan (NYC) He was a student in my courses @ SIUC; recently we sat down during his return visit to campus the gist:
  3. 3. Learn Excel. Really learn Excel. Take an Excel course. You better know pivot tables.01
  4. 4. pay attention in the business communication course -- you really need to learn to write concisely, esp. in email 02
  5. 5. One email can take up to an hour of time, especially if your writing is confusing. Back and forth, back and forth explanation. Oftentimes that one email could've been a one-minute phone call. In short, practice your oral communication and interpersonal skills. 03. pick up the damn phone* *I'm pretty sure I added the damn part.
  6. 6. DJ has more tips for early careerists, so reach out to him. I'm always willing to chat too. Craig Engstrom, Ph.D. | @_craigengstrom