When I tell people that I had my first job at age 12, they do not believe me. Looking back, I was fortunate to be taught from an early age to work hard, and not to give up in the face of adversity. I knew what I wanted to be “when I grow up” since I was very young. It has given me a vision and a drive along with experiences that have helped me to continually move towards my goals.
Entering the college scene is an intimidating feat. In my personal experience it has been a difficult, yet rewarding one. I was able to surround myself with an amazing group of friends, get involved with organizations I am passionate about, and create an environment in which I can succeed and progress towards my goals. I truly believe that by establishing this strong framework, I will be able to build off my experiences and grow as a professional, individual, and student as I progress through my college career and the years after. I am able to learn from those around me, and then apply my experiences in a professional setting to grow as in individual.
Whether you’re applying to colleges, an internship, or a job post-graduation, it’s important to keep in mind your ultimate goal, and takes steps to move toward that end.
START OUT : EVALUATE YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
My personal journey continued to expand while selecting a college, ultimately Elon. I visited the school three times to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. I was able to identify the strong communications programs and unique philosophy courses to provide students with the highest level of liberal arts education possible. I, too, value the personalization of small class sizes and excellent professors as something that would set me apart in the job market. That being said, a liberal arts education isn’t for everyone. However, I loved what it offered me and knew Elon was where I wanted to be for the next four years.
This evaluation applies to your personal brand, too. Know your own strengths and weaknesses. If you’re good at something, highlight it within your resume and cover letter. This communicates to the company, school, or employer that you’d be a valuable addition to their team. In doing this, you are clearly presenting yourself as an asset to their organization.
In addition, identifying your strengths and weaknesses as a business and as an individual, you can address those weak points and consciously strengthen them, while using your strong suits as a resource to improve.
LIVE THE MAROON LIFE
As an Elon Phoenix, we are challenged to live the maroon life each and everyday, or aspire to improve continuously. By engaging in the learning process, displaying intellectual curiosity and demonstrating persistent determination, we develop our abilities as students and in turn become informed individuals, who have built on previous knowledge.
To be successful in the workplace, learning MUST continue far beyond your years in the classroom. You need to continue to learn from professionals around you with different strengths, weaknesses, and valuable points of view.
As an establishment, taking note and learning from the industry as well as successful campaigns around you will help you to develop your abilities and become better informed on the weaknesses you identified. You can consciously compensate and grow your own capacity by targeting your shortfalls personally and professionally.
In order to stand out and leave an impression on the customer, employer, or those around you, you need to be positively unique and innovative from the first moment you interact with them. They should be able to draw energy from you.
Brainstorm different ways you can interact with the customer and how you can benefit them. Provide value, have a conversation. We must not lose sight of the value of personalization in our interactions, as individualized education is modeled for us and extended daily as an integral part of our daily Elon University maroon life.