I am proud to showcase my intern Jennifer Riddo’s take on my training that I presented on July 12th at Staten Island Technical High School. Not only did she take photos and some video for social media but she also drafted up this blog post for me.
I particularly like how she wrote about the experiences of learning with me as my intern – I have shared already the prep work I did as a career readiness expert for the interns (read about it here). Thanks for learning with me, too!
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Guest post on career readiness training by Jennifer riddo
Hello my name is Jennifer Riddo. If you don't know anything about me one thing is I love to write. I am honored to be an intern with the Next Step this summer. I am learning so much so far and can't wait to learn more through this program to help me take my next step in applying for college and starting my career.
I am elated to be a guest blogger and have this opportunity. Lisa's projects are very engaging. I even read the The Prof's Guide to Enterpreneur-ING. (Order your copy of the book here.)
It was a great read and one of my favorite quotes from Lisa in this book was, " You do not need to be your own company to be a boss. You just need to identify how to rock out on your career as if you are CEO of yourself."
I found this quote to be very inspiring since I tend to look at people who are my bosses as being in charge of me. It helped me learn how to run my future because I got the power to take charge of myself.
This past Tuesday I went along with Lisa and the other intern, Jalynn, to attend The Next Step's Career Readiness training event at Staten Island Technical High School. Lisa discussed college and career readiness tips to help students take their next step to success. You can learn more about her work on this here --> College and Career Readiness Training and Workshops.
During her interactive presentation, Lisa provided great advice that resonated to me even as her intern taking pictures. Lisa described the importance of building your brand. I am sure when you hear brand, you think Michael Kors or Coca Cola. At least, that is what I always thought of when I heard the word "brand".
We are all our own person and our brand is who we are as a person. The brand of me is made up of my skills and talents and what I can bring to any job anywhere. No two people are alike that's why it is important for you to build and sell yourself as your own brand.
Lisa even said," LinkedIn is more powerful than a paper resume." I found this to be eye opening. As a 17 year old who never heard of the site it opened up my eyes to join in to help create and promote my brand. Since technology is advancing in the world, it is easier for a future employer to find you on the web.
I learned from Lisa's talk that sometimes people write too much on their resume and that hiring managers do not want to read paragraphs; however, LinkedIn can allow for more "space" since it is not a paper based tool.
Lisa also spoke about the importance of knowing your passion and having a back up plan for your career. Since the job field is very competitive having a back up plan after college is a must. It's best to find your passion and figure out how to connect it to a career field of interest. If you love waking up every morning to go to work it's not a job. If you think about it for a second, you are getting paid to do what you love. I thought this was really powerful and I am glad I got to hear it while I am still in high school!
Of course, she spent some time talking about the importance of interviews. I look at an interview as the most important part of the job. If you blow the interview your chance of receiving the job is very slim. Lisa considers your resume the script on the interview. This means that your resume is basically a piece of paper that holds all of your stories.
She spent a lot of time talking about the importance of "stories" and how it is your stories that make you who you are and present your brand and your "professional self" to the interviewers. Don't be afraid to tell your stories.
Lisa also spoke about the importance of being proactive. When applying for an internship it is a good idea to have a list of skills you would like to learn. From that list of skills, show your future employer. It is important to work with them to learn those skills through your internship.
Lisa is the type of person that makes you feel comfortable from the start. When you meet her, you can tell she is really willing to help you. She is the safest person to network with and she is a great resource for help as she told the students we met with at Tech.
As someone reading Lisa's blog, I advise you to use her resources to the best of your ability. As well, feel free to follow me on Twitter @nextstepintern, where I promote and share more about the Next Step. You can also follow Lisa on Twitter and Instagram to learn more from her. This internship is a great experience and writing about it as an aspiring journalist has been an amazing way for me to execute on learning and practicing great skills for my next step. I hope to have the chance to share my experience with you again soon.
photos credit my interns Jennifer & jalynn -stay tuned for jalynn's post about the training
Lisa Vento Nielsen