I know that everyone has been awaiting the arrival of a young person who cares more about networking and building a career than next week’s episode of “Jersey Shore”…well the wait is over!
Considering that I am a college student who is constantly surrounded with people my own age, I often find that I am the minority.
When I say minority, I don’t mean racially or culturally (even though I am in those regards as well), but I am referring to the minimal amount of people my age who truly know what it means to be a professional.
Why don’t more students understand and appreciate the fact that this is our time to learn how to function professionally? We are being given the opportunity to learn now, so that we don’t have to learn the hard way later on in life when not knowing could be detrimental.
I understand that everyone is different. For some, college is just something they do because they were forced or because they didn’t have anything else to do with their lives; and this post is not in reference to them. I am talking about the people who stroll around and praise themselves as being professionals when they don’t know the first thing about it.
Contrary to popular belief, there is more to being professional than owning a suit and tie. Along those same lines, just because you hold a position of authority doesn’t mean that you know how to handle that authority appropriately.
I am sick of going to meetings and other professional functions and seeing my peers dressed as though they just got done working in a garden or a landfill.
It is always amusing to me when people don’t understand that the internet and social media are more than just toys for grown ups. If used recklessly, they can destroy your reputation and potential career possibilities in the future.
I have sat next to people in meetings who try and represent themselves as the so-called “best of the best,” but little do they know, everyone in the room has seen the racy pictures they posted on Facebook the day before.
This is not to say that I haven’t made some professional and academic mistakes, because I have. But making mistakes isn’t a bad thing… not learning from them is.
Since I am not yet the shining beacon of professionalism I aspire to be, I will continue to take any and every opportunity to learn and advance myself for the better; while at the same time providing my peers with information that will hopefully help them do the same.
This is my first professional blog ,s ope that it will aid me in my quests for networking, educated dialog and professional advancement. If I am the affective journalist I think I am, this blog will help others do the same.
I am interested to see what kind of dialog my posts stir up. I am a firm believer that you can grow and learn from every situation…even ones in which people do not agree with you. So stay tuned…this should be interesting.