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A college degree isn’t a license to a great career – Podcast

October 30th, 2011 Comments off

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Today’s column is addressed to my younger readers and listeners. It might also be useful to those of us who are older and have children entering the university system in the next couple of years. It carries an important message that everyone needs to hear. A college degree will not and cannot guarantee you a good job or a good career. I don’t believe that has ever been true. In the end, your career depends on you, your skills, your desires and your hard work. University is simply one way of gathering knowledge and skills to help that endeavour.

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Entitlement

First, a college degree does not entitle you to a great job with great pay. If you were told this by college advisors, or even intimated it, they were wrong. They left you with the idea that creating a lucrative career was simply a matter of paying your money and putting in your time. Sure, there are some unscrupulous sales people at various colleges and tech school that might actively try to deceive you, but unfortunately, in many cases, we also fool ourselves. We want to believe that simply checking all the boxes on the college rubric will lead us to great (and high paying) jobs. We want to believe it is all easy and straightforward, like getting our first Driver’s License. We pass the test and get our license. Careers, however, are nothing like that.

When building your career, it is better to believe that you are entitled to nothing, that you have to earn everything you get. You have to earn every job along the way. You have to earn the pay you receive.  You have to earn your raises, your promotions. Sometimes life will be unfair and you will be denied them even when you feel you are entitled to something better. Whether you believe you are entitled to them means nothing and only leads to deeper frustration. In a case like that you need to redouble your efforts to earn those rewards or make a change to a company that better recognizes your talent and skills.

What is college for?

Attending university isn’t some grand panacea for all your career worries. It is place to learn, to grow,  to explore possibilities. You will learn a lot of different facts, but more importantly, you will learn a lot about yourself. You will start to discover what type of person you are. You will learn how to work with (and sometimes simply tolerate) other types of people. You will learn your career likes, dislikes, goals, and dreams. What you won’t get is a license that allows you to walk into any business and demand a job. It just doesn’t work that way.

Yes, in many ways, businesses have come to see college degrees as a license — a basic confirmation of your viability as an employee. Careers for those without college degrees can be difficult to find and develop. While college degrees may be important in that way, they are also important for what you learn during your education. You may be getting a degree to fulfil some basic business requirements, but what you learn in school and what you do there, is all about you and your career. If you miss this aspect of university life, I think you are missing the largest and most important part. Your college time is about you — plain and simple. It is as much about building the career you deserve as your first — or 20th – job.

Is it worth it?

I think a college education is greatly important for a variety of reasons. As I mentioned above, I think university is a time for learning many different things in many different ways in a relatively safe environment — an opportunity you may never have again. If you see it as a life learning opportunity and not as a “license to career”, I think it can be worth every penny you pay. If, on the other hand, you attend university simply thinking you will then be entitled to a great job, great pay and a wonderful career, you will be sadly disappointed. University is what you make of it, just like your career. You get out of it what you put in and in some cases much, much more. University is the start of your career and it should be treated with the attention you hope to apply to your future work. Learning can be difficult work and is, in a great sense, your “job” for those 4 years – and for the rest of your life. Constantly be thinking of what you can be doing to get the most out of your college education. Don’t expect the doors of opportunity to swing wide just because you have  a diploma. You will soon find out that it is up to you to open those doors on your own.

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Douglas speaking at “Work, Hire and Collaborate” Networking Event Series – November 3 & 4

October 28th, 2011 Comments off

Pink Slip Mixers and SideSkills Announces “Work, Hire and Collaborate” Networking Event Series

Employment Leaders Team Together for a Unique Forum for Job Seekers and Employers

Los Angeles, CA – October 26, 2011 – Pink Slip Mixers, the leader in specialized job search networking events and SideSkills, the fastest growing social employment platform for job seekers and employers today announced a new networking forum entitled “Work, Hire and Collaborate.” Designed specifically for job seekers and employers, attendees will learn the latest tips, trends, and tools for matching their skills with global market availability through interactive presentations with industry thought leaders.

Featured speakers include Tony Drexel Smith, founder and president of SUMATICI, an Orange County business incubator and Deam Roys, founder of Roys & Associates, a leading executive search firm and one of America’s fastest growing privately held companies noted in the INC. 500.

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Speaker Douglas E. Welch, career writer and pioneer podcaster will present “Treat every career like an entertainment career.” Douglas writes Career Opportunities, a weekly career column founded in 1998 for ComputorEdge Magazine in San Diego, California. The companion Career Opportunities podcast is now in its 7th year of production. Both offer advice and guidance on how to “Build the Career That You Deserve.” Douglas is also the founder of CareerCamp International, which has organized 5 career unconferences in the Los Angeles area, including CareerCampLA and CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley). All of Douglas’ projects can be found at DouglasEWelch.com. “No one cares as much about your career as yourself — and no one ever will. Treat each job like a contract position or a gig — much like an actor or musician. Ensure that you are focused on ways to improve your career, not just do a job.”

“I am excited that we were able to bring our two organizations together to create this unique event for both people looking for employment and those hiring in a relaxed social environment,” said Ryan McKenzie, CEO of SideSkills. “After the keynotes, attendees will have the opportunity to interact socially with career coaches, recruiters, social media specialists, and Fortune 500 companies. They will also be able to continue the networking experience after the event on SideSkills’ proprietary social employment platform to quickly find the right job and the employer feeling confident hiring a vented, connected person.”

The first two in the series will be held in Los Angeles:

Thursday, November 3rd
Hermosa Beach Community Center
710 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

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Friday, November 4th
Santa Monica Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90401
10:30 am-1:30 pm

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Attendance is free for both job seekers and employers.  Pre-registration on Eventbrite, and an account on SideSkills.com are both recommended.

About Pink Slip Mixers

The online community, PinkSlipMixers.com, is powered by Groupsite.com, the social collaboration platform designed to empower groups to make things happen.  PinkSlipMixers are unique “pink slip party” job networking events. Guests “Pay it Forward” by exchanging job search tips, forwarding job postings, “Tweeting” about things they talk about and hear in the crowd (Twitter Feeds are broadcasted live during the event) and just simply encouraging other job seekers through the recession. Pink Slip Mixers 2.0 events are throughout the United States. For more information, go to www.pinkslipmixers.com.

About SideSkills.com

SideSkills.com is the fastest growing employment resource for job seekers and employers. The company’s unique cloud-connected employment platform allows for global access to talent for employers through powerful interactive networking, proprietary PRESUME tools (resume profiling), feedback/ranking and secure payment process. SideSkills radically reduces risk of hires and allows those seeking employment a new vehicle for showcasing their expertise and customer satisfaction. For more information, please visit www.sideskills.com.

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Book: Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

October 25th, 2011 Comments off

Book Review: Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

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Anything You Want is the type of writing I have come to describe as a “Real World Example.” It is like sitting across the table of someone as they tell their story…a story that will hopefully change your life.

Over the years I am sure we have all had moments like this. The friend who educated us about the stock market, the soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend who taught us what a relationship should be, and in Sivers’ case, the story of one business — his business — that also encompasses the nature of business as a whole.

Anything You Want is a short book – only 77 pages in printed form – and yet it illustrates a complete journey. It also details Sivers’ attitudes towards business – slow to no growth, doing it all for the customer, and knowing when to get out. In these few short pages he gives us it all, alpha to omega, and we are better for it.

I unabashedly like this book. It matches with my own beliefs about career, business and life at many points. I too believe that money should never be the sole reason for doing anything and that bigger is not always better. Sivers also touches on another important topic, success. While he doesn’t come out and say it directly, I get the sense that he understands that there are levels to success. Too often today, we believe there are only 2 levels of success – Nobody and Rich and Famous. Hopefully people will use Sivers’ example to remind themselves that supporting yourself, providing for your family and being comfortable provides unlimited gradations of success.

Settle in with Anything You Want and your favorite beverage and an hour later you will come back with ideas, plans, hope and a deeper understanding of what it is to run your own business and perhaps, your own life.

Highly recommended

 

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Audio: Social Media and Your Career Panel (Complete)

October 24th, 2011 Comments off

Part of Social Media Week 2011

Building the career you deserve means becoming both director and promoter of it–No one cares as much about your career as you do. This means taking the lead in ‘Telling people what you do and how you do it!” Social media provides the tools needed to develop the jobs and projects that make one’s career unique and fulfilling.

This panel will give practical information about how to use social media to build the career you desire. We’ll talk not only about the “why” of social media, but also about “how” it can, and should, be used, so that you are in control of all aspects of your career.

Social media career

Panelist and Moderators

Visit Social Media and Your Career blog for complete bios and links

  • Jennifer Oliver O’Connell
  • Douglas E. Welch
  • Susan M. Baker
  • Marla Dennis
  • Colton Stenke
  • Denise L. Cook

 

 

ONE-TO-ONE CAREER CONSULTING WITH DOUGLAS E. WELCH

October 20th, 2011 Comments off

ONE-TO-ONE CAREER CONSULTING WITH DOUGLAS E. WELCH

DO YOU NEED PERSONAL HELP WITH YOUR CAREER?

As I enter my 13th year of writing the Career Opportunities column and my 7th year of podcasting, I have decided to offer an exclusive service to Career Opportunities readers and listeners.

ONE-TO-ONE CAREER CONSULTING

While I believe that the written and podcast versions of Career Opportunities can be very helpful, I also understand that sometimes we can all use more direct, one-to-one attention. I know from personal experience that talking things out is often the best way to solve career problems and discover new ideas. It can be difficult to discuss career issues in public discussion groups and it can even be difficult to discuss them with friends and family. Sometimes you just need a knowledgable and friendly ear to help you develop your own unique solutions for your career.

EXCLUSIVE TO CAREER OPPORTUNITIES READERS AND LISTENERS

Openings for these one-to-one career consulting sessions will be very limited. I don’t imagine taking on more than 10 clients at any one time. This will allow me to deeply focus on these clients while still continuing to write the column and record the podcast.

Since availability will be so limited, I will not be advertising this new consulting service widely. My first goal is to work with readers and listeners of Career Opportunities, especially those long-time readers who are now looking for more guidance in “Building the Career You Deserve”.

COST

One-to-one consulting will be available at my regular hourly rate of $100/hour via telephone, Skype or other online services. Purchasing multiple sessions in advance offers a discount.

For example:

1 session – $100

2 sessions – $175

3 sessions – $250

4 sessions – $325

Sessions can be recorded and delivered as MP3 audio files.

Payment can be made through US Mail by check or credit card via Paypal.

Sign up for your one-to-one consulting session today and start “Building the Career You Deserve.”

Number of 1 hour Sessions

*You will be contacted on receipt of payment to schedule your session.

Questions? Email career@welchwrite.com or call 818-804-5049

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Video: Social Media and Your Career Panel – Part 4 of 4

October 20th, 2011 Comments off

Part of Social Media Week 2011

Building the career you deserve means becoming both director and promoter of it–No one cares as much about your career as you do. This means taking the lead in ‘Telling people what you do and how you do it!” Social media provides the tools needed to develop the jobs and projects that make one’s career unique and fulfilling.

This panel will give practical information about how to use social media to build the career you desire. We’ll talk not only about the “why” of social media, but also about “how” it can, and should, be used, so that you are in control of all aspects of your career.

Watch “Social Media and Your Career Panel – Part 4 of 4” – iPod Ready Video

Panelist and Moderators

 

Visit Social Media and Your Career blog for complete bios and links

  • Jennifer Oliver O’Connell
  • Douglas E. Welch
  • Susan M. Baker
  • Marla Dennis
  • Colton Stenke
  • Denise L. Cook

Video: Social Media and Your Career Panel – Part 3 of 4

October 19th, 2011 Comments off

Part of Social Media Week 2011

Building the career you deserve means becoming both director and promoter of it–No one cares as much about your career as you do. This means taking the lead in ‘Telling people what you do and how you do it!” Social media provides the tools needed to develop the jobs and projects that make one’s career unique and fulfilling.

This panel will give practical information about how to use social media to build the career you desire. We’ll talk not only about the “why” of social media, but also about “how” it can, and should, be used, so that you are in control of all aspects of your career.

Watch “Social Media and Your Career Panel – Part 3 of 4” – iPod Ready Video

Panelist and Moderators

 

Visit Social Media and Your Career blog for complete bios and links

  • Jennifer Oliver O’Connell
  • Douglas E. Welch
  • Susan M. Baker
  • Marla Dennis
  • Colton Stenke
  • Denise L. Cook

 

Video: Social Media and Your Career Panel – Part 2 of 4

October 18th, 2011 Comments off

Part of Social Media Week 2011

Building the career you deserve means becoming both director and promoter of it–No one cares as much about your career as you do. This means taking the lead in ‘Telling people what you do and how you do it!” Social media provides the tools needed to develop the jobs and projects that make one’s career unique and fulfilling.

This panel will give practical information about how to use social media to build the career you desire. We’ll talk not only about the “why” of social media, but also about “how” it can, and should, be used, so that you are in control of all aspects of your career.

Watch “Social Media and Your Career Panel – Part 2 of 4” – iPod Ready Video

Panelist and Moderators

 

Visit Social Media and Your Career blog for complete bios and links

  • Jennifer Oliver O’Connell
  • Douglas E. Welch
  • Susan M. Baker
  • Marla Dennis
  • Colton Stenke
  • Denise L. Cook

 

 

Video: Social Media and Your Career Panel – Part 1 of 4

October 17th, 2011 Comments off

Part of Social Media Week 2011

Building the career you deserve means becoming both director and promoter of it–No one cares as much about your career as you do. This means taking the lead in ‘Telling people what you do and how you do it!” Social media provides the tools needed to develop the jobs and projects that make one’s career unique and fulfilling.

This panel will give practical information about how to use social media to build the career you desire. We’ll talk not only about the “why” of social media, but also about “how” it can, and should, be used, so that you are in control of all aspects of your career.

social-media-career

Watch “Social Media and Your Career Panel – Part 1 of 4” – iPod Ready Video

Panelist and Moderators

Visit Social Media and Your Career blog for complete bios and links

  • Jennifer Oliver O’Connell
  • Douglas E. Welch
  • Susan M. Baker
  • Marla Dennis
  • Colton Stenke
  • Denise L. Cook

 

 

 

What I’m Reading…Building your whuffie (?!?) and Being a Messenger

October 14th, 2011 Comments off

Two books picked up from the library today. Not necessarily and endorsement, but books that caught my eye recently. — Douglas

The Whuffie Factor by Tara Hunt

Comments about The Whuffie Factor

“Embrace the chaos! The Whuffie Factor weaves stories from Moleskine, 37Signals, Threadless, Willitblend, and Gary Vaynerchuk into a compelling story of the way business is now done. Tara doesn’t just talk about it, of course, she does it herself.”

—Seth Godin, author of Meatball Sundae


“Marketing–or doing business at all–in the age of whuffie and the world of social media means authenticity, listening, engaging, and trusting. That’s what Tara Hunt says, and it’s also exactly what she does. If you are in marketing now or starting a company that has customers, you need to read this book to understand exactly, and I mean precisely and with detailed examples, how the conversation between vendor and client, business and customer, has changed radically. Tara Hunt knows her stuff, and she knows how to put a great deal of knowledge into compelling ­stories that are a pleasure to read because her voice is not just the voice of extensive experience: Tara Hunt’s voice works well in this book because it’s who she is.”
—Howard Rheingold, author of The Virtual Community and Smart Mobs


The Millionaire Messenger: Make a Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice by Brendon Burchard

Comments about The Millionaire Messenger

“This is a must-read for any author, speaker, coach, seminar leader, consultant, or online information marketer. Brendon Burchard shows you how to get your message to the public in a bigger way (and get paid for it too).” –John Gray, New York Times Bestselling Author of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”

“We all have a life story and a message that can inspire others to live a better life or run a better business. Brendon Burchard’s book proves it and shows how you can share your message to make a difference and also make an income. This book will help you change a lot of lives.” –Marci Shimoff, New York Times best-selling author of Happy for No Reason and Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul

“The expert industry has been shrouded in myth and mystery for far too long. Now Brendon Burchard, one of our most innovative and powerful leaders, reveals exactly how we—authors, speakers, coaches, consultants, seminar leaders and online information marketers–make a difference and earn an income with our advice and expertise. This is an industry defined by how much value we add to others’ lives, and this book delivers and shows exactly why Brendon is one of the best.” –Jack Canfield, New York Times best-selling author of The Success Principles and originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) series
“I love making a difference in the lives of millions of people worldwide. It gives my life a deep sense of meaning and purpose. I wish I had read Brendon Burchard’s new book, The Millionaire Messenger, twenty years ago, because it has many of the lessons that would have dramatically boosted my career, both in terms of impact and finances. Lessons I had to learn the hard way. No matter what your age, now is the time to make the biggest difference in the world. Brendon will show you how.” –Daniel G. Amen, MD, New York Times best-selling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind at Any Age

 

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