Friday Favorites – Career Advice From Famous Figures

If you’re a graduating senior, I can bet that you’re stressed out about graduating, trying to find a job right away, and then going through the whole process of interviewing and getting call backs. Relax. You will find a job, you will get an interview, and you will get a call back, and when you do, listen to these wise words by these five influential people.


Pro Athletes on Interviews

You scored an interview for your dream job or internship. That’s great! What should you do next? Take advice from gymnast Mary Lou Retton. ‘At the 1984 Olympics, Retton became the first gymnast to win the all-around gold medal. Following the win, Time magazine reported in an Olympics story, ‘On the night before the finals in women’s gymnastics, famous athlete Mary Lou Retton, then 16, lay in bed at the Olympic Village mentally rehearsing her performance ritual.”

Before you interview, try visualizing your performance. Try to see yourself in the interview room, conversing with your interviewer. Practice your questions just like gymnasts practice their routine. You might not win a gold medal because of this, but you might score a second interview! This tip was brought to you by 7 Job Search Tips You Can Learn From Pro Athletes.


Abraham Lincoln on Reputation

Abe Lincoln was a man of few words, but the words he did express spoke volumes about communication, determination, and wisdom. Honest Abe said, “Reputation is like fine china: once broken it’s very hard to repair.” To read more quotes, check out the 6 Abraham Lincoln Quotes to Inspire Communicators.

Your reputation in the workplace is more important than you think it may be. How you dress, what you say, how you socialize, and how you use social media can all be manipulated by you and only you. Once your reputation is tarnished, your coworkers and boss may not be able to see you the same way. Your peers will see you in a certain light. Make sure it’s a positive light.


Michelle Obama on Leadership and Gratitude

Even if you’re not a fan of the Obama administration, you should take this into consideration. The First Lady shares some wise words on leadership in this article, 5 Leadership Lessons From Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama says, ‘President Obama believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity…you do not slam it shut behind you…you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.’ Pay gratitude to the people who have helped you get where you are today, and give chances and opportunities to those less fortunate than you.


Celebrities on Going to Grad School

Did you know that James Franco, most famous for his roles in 127 Hours, Pineapple Express and Milk, went to graduate school? He got his MFA in creative writing at Columbia University in New York City. He also taught classes at New York University! ‘He’s stated in many interviews that he just loves education and learn what he wants,’ according to 5 Celebrities Who Went to Grad School.

Over the course of a lifetime, a person with a master’s degree tends to earn $400,000 more than someone with only a bachelor’s, according to Graduate School: Should You Get Another Degree? It’s no secret that receiving a degree from graduate school may provide you with more opportunities in your field. Understand how attending graduate school might benefit you, and be sure to check out the list of graduate studies degree programs available at UW-Whitewater.


Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Leaning In

‘Lean In,’ the new book by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, has become a movement of its own. The book is geared towards encouraging women to lean into their careers, rather than stepping back to worry. If you’re deep into your career, take some advice from Facebook’s COO.

‘Leaning in means never letting fear drive your decisions. What’s one of the biggest things holding professionals from all industries, at all levels, back? Fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear of trying something new. Fear of other people’s opinions. Fear that choosing one options means abandoning all your other possibilities.’ For more tips, read 5 Career Lessons from Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, or the book itself!

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