Jeff Sonderman shared these slides with me and gave me permission to post them with a blog post about my address on career advice for student journalists. He uses these slides in his classes at Georgetown University.
Ignore your job titleOnce you get in the door, do the work you want• Reach across departments– Respect chain of command• Look for new responsibilities– Responsibility comes before advancement; not after– Take on stretch assignments• Be relentlessly helpful and involved• Learn the difference between influence andauthority
Teach yourself new skills• NewsU.org (journalism)• Codecademy.com (HTML, CSS & coding)• Lynda.com (software)– Free with your NetID at shib.lynda.com/InCommon/• KhanAcademy.org (math, science, economics,history)• Quora (Q&A from people who know)• When in doubt, Google it
Never say ‘no’ for someone• Ask for the help you need• Ask for the opportunity you want• Ask to get experience you wantBe gracious and thankful, and follow through.Don’t make someone regret helping you.
In-person networking• You only make real connections in person– Conferences– Meetups– Seminars / workshops• Find a way to get in the room– Volunteer– Event scholarships• Have business cards to hand out– Moo.com minicards, $20 for 100. Classy.
Always be honest• Say what you really think– With respect, and at the right time• Own your mistakes and learn from them– People forgive mistakes, but not misleading– If you don’t take responsibility today, you won’tget more tomorrow• You are a much worse liar than you think