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  • marcsth 8:53 pm on February 15, 2013 Permalink
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    Follow Your Passion and Pay the Bills 

    Greetings AU!

    My name is Marc St.Hilaire and I’m the newest member of the AU Career Center. I’ll be working with graduate students within SIS alongside John Charles, so I’m looking forward to meeting with you all either one on one or during drop-in hours at the SIS atrium.

    On my first day at AU which was exactly two weeks ago my new boss said these fine words about careers: “Follow your passion and pay the bills”. At some point we’ve all been told to “do what you love,” but for some that doesn’t always mean a salary. Very often what we enjoy doing can sometimes feel mutually exclusive to what “pays the bills.”

    So how does one combine their passion with that inevitable need to make an income? The answer: It’s all about the small steps.

    If making a leap to your true passion is not a financial option at the moment, take small steps that’ll eventually lead you there.  A key element to doing this is setting aside time to develop your passion. Even if it’s as little as 15 minutes a day, make this time your own to do one or all of the following:

    • Start learning and developing relevant skills through independent study and/or coursework
    • Build relationships with people who work in your industry of interest through social media ( i.e. LinkedIn) and other networking
    • Intern, volunteer and/or job shadow in an organization(s) of interest
    • Work on side projects and other freelance activities

    Whether you’re being paid to do something you love or taking steps to eventually get there, keep at it because these activities will enable you to work at your peak. In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review entitled “Choosing Between Making Money and Doing What You Love,” the authors – Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer and Paul B. Brown – state ” You simply want to be doing something that you love, or something that is logically going to lead to something you love, in order to do your best work. That desire will make you more creative and more resourceful, help you get further faster, and help you persist”.

    So get out there and follow your passion, the bills will get paid sooner or later.



  • Taylor Roosevelt 6:40 pm on September 28, 2012 Permalink
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    GoingGlobal: A New Career Resource 

    Going Global image

    Click here to login to AUCareerWeb and access Going Global

    Need help identifying work options, both at home and abroad?
    Think Going Global: Your comprehensive ‘one stop’ career resource

    The American University Career Center is proud to announce access to Going Global, the leading provider of career and employment resources for evaluating, selecting and transitioning into a successful career in a foreign country. Boasting more than one million individual users, Going Global is used around the world by university career centers, educational and institutional organizations, libraries, corporate HR departments, and government agencies. (More …)

  • Geoff Silverstein 5:40 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink
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    Intern: It's Go Time! 

    Prepare for a High Quality Internship for next semester now. We posted new and improved resources on our website including internship details, intern blogs, and search options for your future internship.

    We also added new features!

    We revamped our internship maps, adding helpful information. Our new High Quality Internship map displays past and current internship locations. Sites with a golden yellow placemark include student success stories, student advice, videos, internship descriptions, and ways to find an internship with that location.

    And now, we’re Tumbling intern advice.The Tumblr features illustrated advice from fellow students. Explore illustrated advice from fellow students.

    You can follow updates with a Tumblr account, subscribe to updates with RSS, or check back to see regular updates.

    If you want to share your own advice or have suggestions for a High Quality Internship, email fblume@american.edu.

    Visit the Career Center Web site
    View the new internship maps
    Explore the intern advice Tumblr

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