Respecting Your Professional Boundaries

23 02 2015

Currently, I am studying for an upper level accreditation test through a specifically popular fitness program. Throughout the study guide, it repeatedly asks the test takers to understand the “Scope of Professionalism,” and how to act in accordance of such.

I like to call this the “That’s above my pay-grade” rule.

As young professionals working in any career, it’s often times hard to give-in and accept that we do not have the answer, especially when finding the answer oftentimes require us to swallow our own humility and ask our supervisors for an answer or help.

The funny thing about this is that a lot of jobs focus on the “ask forgiveness” rule – which essentially means, “handle it yourself and then we will figure out if you did the right thing later.”  More times than not, this is an outstanding way for entry and mid-level professionals to learn how and when to handle, sometimes, delicate situations.  Under certain premises, however, Read the rest of this entry »





Creating Longevity in Your Career

18 02 2015

One of the most frustrating times in a recent college graduate’s life (or even someone forced to make a career change) is when they are tasked with finding the perfect entry level position for a career within their field. One of the more difficult things that people encounter then searching for their first “Big Time” job, is the harsh reality that the salary they were expecting to make right out of college is, in fact, not going to happen. Seriously, it won’t.

I remember applying to jobs when I was still a college senior, in my spring semester (weeks before graduating), and specifically NOT applying to entry level positions. It was like I had this feeling that since I had a college degree, that I was “better” than entry level.

There was a great article that came out a few years ago out “our” generation, Millennials, (if you are 20-30 right now) and the way we look at careers. (To paraphrase the article a bit): We saw our parents and grandparents enjoy great wealth throughout their careers, Read the rest of this entry »





Real World vs. “The Real World”

20 12 2009

It has been only a little over a week since I took my second to last set of finals before I head out into the real world; crazy feeling!

Do you ever wish that life was just like that tv-show, The Real World?  Chalked  full of out-of-hand parties, excessive drama, friendship and hot tubs, and almost always having some form of steady income set up for you?

In a way, I am kind of of glad that life isn’t actually like The Real World, however, in some aspects, I think that college is very similar, and in a way, can be the perfect comparison and paradox to the television show.

The excitement that I am looking forward to in the next few months is sure to be overwhelming, and the chaos of mapping out the first steps of the “rest of my life” is sure to go as unexpected as possible at times, but much like The Real World, everything is going to be fine in the end.

Certain friends that you made will always keep in touch with you, and the attitudes and belief systems that you have created for yourself will stay in-tact for as long as you let them.

So many people told me that “the skills you learn in college, you will use for the rest of your life.” I never really thought about it, but in a way that is pretty true.  The relationships that you built, the hearts you broke and mistakes you made will always comes to mind in certain situations no matter where you live, what you are doing or who you are with.

I may not always use the skills I learned in my classes, and chances are, the information that I have picked-up will be obsolete within the next few years, however, I know some things I will always be able to count on to stay stagnant in our ever-changing wold.

In the end, I know that the most important things that I have learned were picked up outside of the classroom from teachers, friends, peers, strangers and even a couple of nice Jesuits with kind and honest words that can make the world seem as just as small as it is complicated.





Target, Aim, Shoot

19 11 2009

My dream job has always been to work on big accounts, brainstorming ideas for campaigns at an advertising firm.

That’s what I love to do.

Bouncing ideas off other people is the best way to achieve greatness in the communications world. From my personal experiences building marketing, advertising and viral campaigns for “moc” clients in my college classes, I have realized that I am good at doing so.

Not only do I love brainstorming with other people about great ideas, I also love to interact with people in the world of sales.

Since I joined the sales force in August of 2005, I have realized that the same charisma and confidence you need to enter the board room is the same attitude that it takes to sell a pair of shoes, a t-shirt or even advertising space within a publication.

That attitude not only lets your client know that you are confident in your knowledge about a product, but it lets them know that you are on their side.

In the world of advertising and media sales, especially in the present economy, your client has to trust that you have their best intentions at heart.

These people, these companies and these clients are the one’s who need my help.  They need to feel that they are investing not only in a solid end-result, but also in a trustworthy and like-hearted relationship.

In the end, if you only have you or your company’s wants in mind, you are leaving your client’s wishes and their needs behind.





Branded

19 11 2009

For me, being a “Brand” is not only about appearances, but also about being able to stand for something other people want and need.

During the 1950’s, the “brand recognition-era” began, bringing companies like “Green Giant” to the forefront of American’s minds.

Today, people still go to the supermarket to purchase products that they feel “brand-loyalty” towards.  They do this not because those items are the best deal, but because the consumer has come to expect consistency and quality from that particular brand.

I like to consider myself being in this “consistent-quality” category.  I strive everyday not to sneak-by under the radar or provide half-rate work on account of  being a “good-deal.”  I not only deliver what people expect from me, but I also learn how to re-mold myself in order to be the best at whatever I am doing.