- December 3rd, 2013
- Write comment
When was the last time you were on a college campus other than when you attended or went to a sporting event? How can you assist you local college or university to provide their students real life examples of the workplace environment, interviewing preparation, important skills, etc.?
Arkansas Tech University’s College of Business recently held a morning session inviting professionals with varied backgrounds from around the state to share their insights on the job marketplace. I was one of two business owners on the panel, but the only way that gets paid to talk for a couple hours back to back. The students were inspired by one of their alumni who graduated within the last two years, started a website programming company, sold it to a local business and now runs it within that company. Hard work and determination paid for him early in his career.
During the Q & A session, I challenged the students to find a mentor, both personal and professional. But most importantly, they need to be open to the mentors suggestions. It is never easy to receive feedback or wisdom from someone else when you mind is made up, so they will need to stay open-minded and absorb the knowledge from this individual.
Make time to look for opportunities to give back in your community. Help others find a way to succeed.