I’m going to be stopping in to Algonquin College as a guest speaker tomorrow. I’ll be speaking with students in the Advertising Program and the particular course is Professional Practice, which is described like this:
Attitude, communication, and human relations are the key to surviving in the ever-changing world of advertising. This course helps you prepare for workplace success by providing practical expectations and useful tools to make a successful transition from school to workplace. The course discusses self-management, workplace politics and etiquette, building relationships, and tools for the future.
To date, the students have covered all the basics such as resumes and interviewing skills. Now the professor has reached out to the community and a number of guest speakers have given their time.
I’m billed as a “freelancer.” While only a small portion of these students may be interested in pursuing a writing-related career in advertising, many may consider working freelance now or in the future. The idea of bringing in guests is to simply expose students to as many different career paths as possible so that they can be aware of the multitude of options, as well as to provide a safe space for asking questions of people already in the workforce.
So, my question to you is: if you were to start over again in the workforce, what would you like to know now that you didn’t know then? What valuable tips do you have that I can share? Lessons learned the hard way? Any “reality check” issues that I should bring up?
Your help is really appreciated! Thanks.