It has been quite some time since my last post, but as I stated early on in starting this blog, I would write and post as thoughts, experiences, and ideas came to me. I don’t want to force it and I wanted to keep this as authentic as possible. On my way home from work yesterday, I had a great conversation with a good friend of mine Ryan DePasquale who is currently chomping at the bit with every intention of getting his way into the academic advising field. Ryan and I met while interning at BC, and while we both have chosen different paths since then, the perspective we are able to give each other and the conversations we have seem to keep us both motivated and balanced in our daily approach towards long term career happiness.
One thing that came up yesterday in our conversation was how to continuously try and network and get your foot in the door. No matter how far along you are in your career, or what your path may take, networking and relationship building will be at the forefront of your success. It has to be real, and it has to be genuine, but in the end it is a skill and it takes effort to reach out and meet people that can help you grow professionally (tidbit- it is EQUALLY as important to give back by helping others as you begin to establish yourself!). For those of you that know me one thing is pretty clear, I’m an open book when it comes to explaining what I want out of my life, both in my career and personally, and that leads me to my next piece of advice:
Tell Everyone: At the risk of becoming annoying, one thing I have always done was make it as clear cut as possible with everyone I have met- I want to work my way up the ranks of college athletics and become an Athletic Director. Since I have started working in the industry as a GA at Bloomsburg University, I knew exactly what I was meant to do. I have always found that the more people that know what you want, the better chance you’ll have of getting the next open opportunity. Whether it be in conversations with friends and family, or through mentoring with established professionals, or even on your personal social media pages while building your brand, once you know what you want to do, tell everyone!!! The next time that person hears of a job opening in the field that you’re interested in, your name may be the first to register in his/her mind, and could be the difference in you getting that job. I could be wrong, but I feel like this really pertains to any career path you are choosing to pursue. Every industry has a network, has competition, and has people hungry for success with way more demand than supply when it comes to the right job for you. It may seem obvious, but I really feel like the more people that know, the more chance you have of getting that next job. Don’t be shy, exhibit your ambition clearly, and remember to stay patient as those opportunities may come and go.