His book covers six steps to take in order to “make good”:
Reflect, Adapt, Connect, Design, Launch and Organize
During his talk, Billy provided some ways to get started:
Identify the change you want to make in the world. Now. Think big, think mission, think forward. Where do you really want to spend your energy “making good?”
Choose a skill to master that will most impact this change. What skill do you want to master in order to bring about this change? Achieving mastery, according to Malcolm Gladwell, takes 10,000 hours of practice – so how do you want to spend your time?
Gain mastery by one (or several) learning pathways: school, apprenticeship, on the job training & the do-it-yourself approach. What makes sense for you at this point?
Identify 5 people to spend time with to move you in the direction you want to go. Parish commented that we are an average of the 15 people we spend time with. Who do you want to be with and who do you want to be? Choices begin with the people with whom you surround yourself.
Upon entering college, the pressure to choose a field of undergraduate study may seem overwhelming. Many mistakenly believe that this major will dictate the pathway of your life, when really it will become the foundation for any career. If you are feeling that your major is not a reflection of your interests, perhaps it is time for a change. According to MSNBC, approximately 50% of college students change their major at least once. If you do decide to change majors, take some time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.
Are you considering a major change? If so, here are some steps you can take to help you reach your decision:
1.) Make a list of your interests. Do they match any of the classes that you have taken?
2.) Visit UVM’s list of majors and minors
3.) Run a Cat’s Audit Report, then a “What If” Audit. Those can be helpful if you are looking to see what academic requirements you will need to graduate.
4.) Set up a meeting with your advisor, and also with a department faculty or staff in programs of interest to discuss your thoughts about changing majors. This is especially important if you are looking to transfer to a different college/school.
5.) Come to Career Services Drop-In hours to speak with a counselor (Monday- Thursday, 1-4 in L/L E-140; Tuesdays 11-1 in Rosa Parks Room, Davis Center)
6.) Become involved in clubs, volunteer, and/or work experiences that will allow you to gauge whether this is a field you would enjoy. Seasonal or part time experience is a good start.
7.) Make sure that all of the proper paperwork is filed with the UVM Registrar’s office
Why should I network? How should I network? How should I prepare for a networking event? If you are currently battling with the job- or internship-search process, it is probable that you have asked yourself at least one of these questions.
Being a student, I find it difficult to prepare for networking events. Without a general push in the right direction, it could be tough to find the motivation to network, so I asked and answered the following questions to get started:
Why should I network?
Networking is a great way to build connections and opportunities. With the job market being as competitive as it is, general career and industry-specific advice from professionals can make all the difference.