I spoke at a community college last week about “what employers look for when hiring”. My publicist, Rachel Anderson http://www.rmapublicity.com/ has been representing me in contacting colleges that are interested in bringing in outside speakers for various classes. My goal is to pass on my experiences in business and careers and how they have lots in common . Mission, service, marketing and money management to name the broad areas.
It is quiet in schools now in the summer session but I have gotten several initiations to speak at summer classes. The recent one was as at the invitation of a career counselor at a community college.
I admit to being skeptical of what folks are learning in college these days. Seems that many come out wanting to “change the system” rather than participate in it and enjoy the benefits of success. This school was right on the mark of encouraging success!
As I walked to the class with the career counselor she was greeted by several students and it was obvious that her relationship was great. She was a real encourager! Important for me, she was also very open to bringing in anyone who she thought could help the students. She was “other’s centered” thinking first of the students, not just her position. She was very secure and experienced in her role, great to witness!
Then I met the instructor of the class. He was dynamite! He quickly interacted with the class asking them how their job searches were going and encouraging and affirming then in what they were doing. He was high energy and it rubbed off on everyone. I was almost intimidated to follow him, but the class was also very much into learning and paid careful attention to my talk. They enjoyed hearing some of my experiences, successes and failures, and we quickly bonded.
So…. I came away with higher regard for the education system. At least this college! I hope there are many others like out there!
I truly believe that if more of us can pass on our stories to young people that they will be encouraged and taught to make living in this world. Entitlements may work for some, but true self esteem comes from making it on your own! And yes, there are lots of folks who will help you along the way if you want it.