How to apply my lessons learned as an entrepreneur to manage your own career - a mini-lesson with homework below:
As an adjunct professor since 2003, I have a lot of experience with creating content, devising curriculum and executing on said content and curriculum in both in-person and online classroom settings. As a public speaker since uhm birth, I am able to bring content to life in any format and on any topic (my first courses I taught were macro and micro economics and trust me, no one fell asleep in my classes despite the "dryness" of the topics - supply and demand curves anyone? Anyone? Bueller, Bueller? You get the idea.) You can see more about my teaching style on my YouTube channel (please subscribe if you like what I am creating).
I have been entrepreneurial in nature since 2004; I took my skills and abilities into consideration when I recently relaunched my business. I have been helping people get to their next step for the past 15 years by doing one-off projects of editing resumes, writing cover letters and more for various people in my network. Also, I have been an educator for almost 13 years where I have always brought in real-world advice and lessons along with textbook topics in a dynamic and engaging way.
Now, I am focusing on helping my clients get to their next step with career help (resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn Profiles) and education help (application essay and resume package) as a professional business and not just as a one-off. Also, I am using my skills to create real-world training and seminars on managing careers for clients.
With the relaunch of my website The Next Step in July of 2015, content has been one of my strategic advantages. I have used my blog as a way to distinguish myself as a provider of career advice, education help and more. My content and my social media strategy has been a huge part of how I have built my reputation, my client base and even specific strategic partnerships, like the one I have with Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning.
With this partnership came the ability to use my teaching expertise along with my Project Management background to create seminars to help people identify and take the next step in their career. This unique blend of corporate America experience as a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2004 and as an educator since 2003 has helped me to create this seminar with amazing content and actionable next steps for those just starting out in their careers, those already working and interested in growth and even for those who have been out of the workforce for some time and need to re-train and re-tool their skills to return to the workforce.
On February 4, I will be launching this seminar to help people grow their career with Project Management. It is an exciting event for my company and for me as an entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, you need to know your strengths and what you are able to do - I know that for two hours on Tuesday February 4, those who attend will learn from me how to grow their career with real actionable next steps.
I am including two videos below. The first one talks about how important it is to continually learn and how learning can help your career. There is a lot of research out there that shows being a generalist is better than being a specialist in this economy. I talk in this first video about how learning can help you remain ahead of the competition and help you to be a generalist in your own career.
The second video talks more about my upcoming seminars at Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning and explains why attending these types of events can help you maintain your competitive advantage.
Now for your "homework" (I cannot help myself; I am an educator, after all.):
Lisa Vento Nielsen