Considering alternatives to the conventional workforce? Check out the Young Entrepreneur Council, an organization with mission to “teach young people how to build successful businesses.” A founder is Scott Gerber, author of “Never Get a Real Job.”
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“…Attacking even menial jobs with vigor and using them as stepping stones to something better” is how mega-rich entrepreneur Ted Leonsis got his start. In his book “The Business of Happiness,” the Washington Wizards owner explains that he parlayed a lawn-mowing job for an affluent Georgetown alumnus into a letter of recommendation and admission to the prestigious school. Leonsis states “If you don’t have good connections, good networks, nothing will happen.” He credits his success to networking and cultivating “influencers.”
Career Center advisors encourage substantive work for our students, however we know that sometimes the rent needs to be paid by less-than-glamorous jobs. So take heart from Mr. Leonsis’ experience. Read more on the importance of networking and making trivial work meaningful in Washington Post columnist Thomas Heath’s review of Leonsis’ new book.
Whether it’s due to current economic challenges or the freedom to choose your own work, many individuals have considered work as a freelancer or as an entrepreneur. American University’s Career Center recently had four esteemed panelists, with established companies, speak to students about their success and challenges. Check out these timely words of advice given by the panelists: (More …)
Are you a current student or graduate from American University’s School of Communication interested in freelancing or starting your own business, either full-time or “on the side”?
Then come Thursday, October 1, 12:30-2 p.m. , MGC 200, to learn how SOC alumni and other successful entrepreneurs have created niches through networking, job search strategies, and the use of social networking sites.
Participants are encouraged to bring food, drinks and questions!
Confirmed panelists include:
- Award winning Filmmaker Adrena Ifill, founder of DoubleBack Productions, LLC;
- AU/SOC Public Comm alum Greg Smith, co-founder of creative marketing/PR firm LoudMouth;
- Troy Woods, owner/principal photographer, Clark Bailey Photography
For more information, and to RSVP, click HERE