Career Boosting Tips for Millennials - Voices 2015


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Career Boosting Tips for Millennials
Jessica Johnson,

Voices 2015 -

Session Length: 1 Hour

Millennials now officially outnumber baby boomers. As millennials, we have become the most discussed generation when it comes to recruiting and managing, but what about managing our careers from our perspective? From the bottom looking up, how do we gain respect and make leaps into the next phases of our careers?

When I graduated in the midst of the Great Recession, I knew I would have to pave my own path if I was going to build a flourishing career. From changing diapers as my boss’s nanny to advising Fortune 100 companies as her second-in-command at her technology consulting firm, I received a lot of valuable advice and learned many game-changing lessons.

This presentation provides many career-boosting tips that are practical and timely, including how to attain effective mentors and sponsors. We’ll explore how the perception that others have of you can impact your career arc as well as actions you can take to drive your success in the business world.

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  • Before I begin, I would like to say, these slides are branded with Salesforce. Salesforce is my current employer and a fantastic company to work for with amazing customers and products! I absolutely love it and if you are interested in learning more about Salesforce, I am happy to discuss that with you outside of this presentation. Today I am going to talk about my personal story and the great advice I have been given over the years that has helped me develop my career. I am going to focus on specific things you can do to help develop your career whether you are 10 years in or just out of college.
  • I want to provide you with the context of my story, including where I came from, and where I’m at. I graduated from Boston University in 2009. Fortunately for me, I finished classes 6 months earlier than my peers and was able to get ahead start finding a job in the worst economy since the Great Depression. At that time I moved from Boston, where I had a job in Photojournalism, which I studied in school, working for the Boston Globe, to Salt Lake City, Utah where I moved in order to support my fiancé while he finished school. Shortly after moving and struggling to find a job, I finally got a job as a nanny because I needed to pay bills and start paying off student loans.

    I was able to leverage that position and my relationship with my boss to learn how to become a consultant. Between changing diapers, playing kung fu master, and running kids to swimming lessons, I learned everything I could about Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Within three years I was running the firm while consulting Fortune 100 companies on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. This past June I was able to use my experience to get a job for Salesforce as the Senior Program Manager for Incident Communications. I attribute a lot of my success to the advice how I was able to leverage it to boost my career.
  • Today I’m going to talk about the difference between Mentors and Sponsors as well as how to get them and develop those relationships. Next, I’ll discuss tips for getting ahead or how to make a leap in your career and finally I’ll offer some practical tips to consider each day.
  • A mentor once told me opinions are like belly buttons, everyone has one, so the more mentors you have, the better advice you will get.
  • How do you get mentors?
  • How do you develop mentorships?
  • What is a sponsor?
  • How do you get sponsors?
  • What is the difference between the two, how are they the same?
  • It can often be difficult to even understand how well you are doing at your job. Some companies have great programs implemented for providing feedback, and some colleagues are great at offering feedback. The truth is a great measure of how good your work is, is if you keep getting more, and folks seek you out for your support and help. Keep this in mind as you work to progress, if you are not perceived as doing well at your job by others, it will be very difficult to get ahead.
  • Regarding the dress issue: what I am saying, is to make sure you dressed appropriately for the job, and it never hurts to put in extra effort to make sure you clothes are ironed, and lint-free. Obviously, if you are at a tech start up with everyone in jeans and hoodies, wearing a suit is not the best advice, and likewise, if you work for a financial company, where everyone is in suits, jeans and a t-shirt are not the best thing to wear. Your attire needs to be appropriate for your job, your team, your company, and yourself. You should feel comfortable. It is important to realize that how you dress will often non-verbally communicate to folks around you how they should treat you, so the more polished and put together you are (even if it’s just jeans and a t-shirt) can dramatically change the way others respond to you.
  • These are some resources I recommend. A the end of the day it is more important to continue to grow and learn and get involved in the community.

  • Career Boosting Tips for Millennials - Voices 2015

    1. 1. Career Boosting Tips for Millennials Jessica Johnson Senior Program Manager, Incident Communications In/johnson12
    2. 2. My Story m y s t o r y
    3. 3. Mentors & Sponsors Getting Ahead Practical Tips
    4. 4. Mentors and Sponsors A mentor is someone, typically further along in their career, who can give you candid advice about a situation, obstacle, opportunity, or issue you are dealing with. They will often have good advice about how to handle a situation although it may not always be suitable. It is beneficial to have many mentors.
    5. 5. Mentors and Sponsors - Identify people who you think may have good advice to offer - Reach out to them and ask for time or attention - Be conscientious of their time and don’t take it personal if they are busy - Provide them with the problem you are dealing with or question you want to ask – the more specific, the better
    6. 6. Mentors and Sponsors - Follow-up on what happened - Continue to ask them for guidance on issues Mentorships develop like friendships
    7. 7. Mentors and SponsorsMentors and Sponsors A sponsor is someone who is influential in their organization, typically aware of opportunities before their colleagues, and can help champion you for those opportunities.
    8. 8. Mentors and SponsorsMentors and Sponsors Sponsors must be able to vouch for your work and work ethic, so it is important they are familiar with the work you’ve done. When speaking with a potential sponsor: - Highlight your work contributions - Overview the challenges you’ve faced - Be upfront with lessons learned
    9. 9. Mentors and Sponsors Mentors can often be great sponsors The key to developing a great relationship with either is continued contact – don’t be afraid to ask for their time, but use it wisely! Start small – ask for a quick coffee break in the morning, walk with them to the next meeting, take each opportunity you get Be specific with your asks, the more specific you are, the more they can help you
    10. 10. Getting Ahead The reward for good work… is always more work
    11. 11.  Be part of the solution  Learn how to take (and give) criticism  Take the work no one wants  Be patient, be a teacher Getting Ahead
    12. 12. o Age is only an issue if you make it one o Leave your mobile phone out of sight o Always carry a notebook o How you dress matters Practical Tips
    13. 13. BOOKS • How to Win Friends & Influence People • Emotional Intelligence WEBSITES • GET INVOLVED • Technovation Challenge • Girls who code
    14. 14. Questions
    15. 15. More-Than/dp/055338371 Jessica Johnson LinkedIn: In/johnson12