Making A Dream Board

I’ve read various articles about what steps to take from early on to be successful in the world and one of the most common things I found in all of the articles is the topic of the dream board. A dream board, also known as a vision board, is supposed to help you create set goals that will propel you towards the career and life that you want.

A dream board isn’t a to do list. A dream board is not a wish list. A dream board is a visual representation of everything we hope to one day achieve in life. So a dream board should not contain short term goals; it should contain pictures of what you want for the rest of your life. You have to go beyond just the material wants and think about the big picture, what you want to achieve.

The great thing about the dream board is that you can alter it as your ideas for your future change. You can add anything you want to the board at any given time, as well as remove anything that you feel is not an essential part of your future plan anymore. Even though your dream board is very flexible, make sure you think hard about what you want to put on it because when you see it on a daily basis you want to smile and know that your life is going to be pretty awesome based on the lifetime goals that you’ve set yourself.

After reading all the articles suggesting that a dream board would be helpful, I made one for myself and I am totally happy with it. I really think dream boards work, and there are a few reason why. First of all, when you take the time to make a dream board you force yourself to stop and think about what you really and truly want out of life. You disregard all the trivial wants and focus on end goals that will keep you happy. In our increasingly fast paced world, it is easy to get distracted and lose focus towards what we really want. A dream board allows you to look to make sure you are still headed in the right direction to fulfilling your ultimate dreams and desires.

Dream boards are effective because once you see your desires clearly in front of you, your energy becomes focused on putting your attention in the right direction that will lead you to all of the things that you want out of life.

Ideally, you should be looking at your dream board twice a day for at least 5 minutes to remind yourself why you do what you do on a daily basis. Make sure to place it somewhere where it’s clearly visible to you and where you pass it often during the day.

I love to look at my dream board because when I see it it makes me smile and I smile because I see that I can have an absolutely amazing life.

Here is a link to some instructions on how to create a dream board: http://christinekane.com/how-to-make-a-vision-board/#sthash.iqyBGaDf.dpbs

Don’t Judge My Work Ethic By My Social Media

A social media logotype

In this day and age, phones, tablets, and computers have become extensions of the human body. We constantly check our news feeds and update our statuses and post pictures for our friends to see. I repeat, for our friends to see. Social media was never intended for job purposes. it was never supposed to be something that your possible future employer could look at and judge you for it.

I don’t think it’s right for employers to make hiring decisions based on one’s social media profiles. I know that most, if not all, of us speak and act differently at work than we do when we are out with friends at a bar. So why do employers nowadays feel the need to review you based on your social media? I don’t think it’s a fair critique.

Personally, I have made the decision to not make my social media pages private. I have absolutely nothing to hide. If an employer chooses to judge me by what I do on the weekends, then it’s their loss for not hiring an extremely diligent and hardworking businesswoman. I probably wouldn’t want to work for someone who is that quick to judge anyway.

I firmly believe that work life and personal life is separate. What I choose to express through social media is part of my personal life that, again, I am sharing with my friends, not my employer.

Life (A Balancing Act)

Life is a balancing act for everyone, but I think college students have it the toughest. Between family, school, internships, jobs, clubs, health, and friends, a college student’s time is in high demand. Attempting to manage all these things while still having a social life is a true art deserving of reward.

Making time for every single one is important so that you stay sane. Being all work and no play can easily drive you crazy and you will have a sense of being unfulfilled. No matter how much success you have at school or at work or at an internship, if you are not spending any time with family or enjoying the company of friends from time to time you will feel like something is missing. If you spend too much time out with friends, you will most likely see your GPA suffer and your performance at work decline. Finding a healthy balance is imperative to your success.

One way you can start to figure out how much time to attribute to what is by implementing a ranking system. Place your life aspects in order of what is most important to you right now; number one being the thing you want to focus on the most, and the last being not the least important but the one that will get attended after all other tasks have been taken care of. This will also give purpose to all you are doing and help you see why you do what you do (for example putting more time into school to achieve a 4.0 GPA).

If you are anything like me, school and work are top priorities on my list. As a college student, you have to put school first and do everything in your power to make adequate time to complete assignments and study for exams. With so many different activities to tend to, I personally know how difficult it can be to make good time for school, but it is without question the most important thing you must do. School is what is going to help you launch your career so whatever job or internship you may have must come second to school, no matter if it is in your career field of interest. That does not mean that you should not tend to your job or internship though. You must treat every employment opportunity very seriously so that you learn as much as possible and you leave employers with the best impressions of you so that you have good business references.

Besides all of the activities that work your brain, it is imperative that you make time for physical activity throughout your week even if you only proactively do it 2 to 3 times a week. Studies show that people who exercise frequently are more alert and have more energy than those who do not. Whether you are playing football with your friends, shooting some hoops on the court, actually going to a gym, or doing Sean T.’s Insanity at home, just make sure you are active. It will not only help your health but you will emotionally feel better about yourself knowing you are keeping your body in check.

Make sure that you include some down time into your schedule as well. A time you can use to just relax, read a few pages of a good book, lounge around on the couch and watch some television, or do something that you really enjoy doing. It is important to schedule time for yourself so that your mind and body have time to recharge for the more demanding tasks in your life.

I hope this helps you think about how to balance your seemingly hectic life and that you are able to become more organized and thus be able to get the most out of your life 🙂

Interviews

Interviews. I used to be terrified of interviews. What if I said the wrong thing? What if I couldn’t answer a question? What if I didn’t know the answer to something? What if they asked me about a scenario and I had no idea what to say? What if I stuttered? What if I had a wardrobe malfunction? What if they didn’t like me? All these questions used to rush through my head before I entered an interview. I was paranoid that I would somehow inevitably mess up and embarrass myself and they wouldn’t hire me. 

This is the way I felt until I realized something. An interview is nothing more than talking about HOW AWESOME YOU ARE the whole time. Well, you can at least look at it that way and trust me, you will feel so much more confident and comfortable during the actual interview. I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to just brag about all the great things about them??? Of course, you have to tailor your bragging into speaking about the AMAZING THINGS ABOUT YOU that would make you the ideal candidate for the position. Nevertheless, the conversation is still about YOU. It’s about how YOUR AMAZING SELF can better the company and how YOUR SUPER PERSONALITY fits in with the rest of the team.

There are certain steps that you can take so that you feel better prepared for an interview:

1. Prepare 2-3 introductory sentences about yourself (name, age, school, major, some interests)

2. Identify your highest achievement and what you did to accomplish it

3. Identify your biggest struggle and what you did to get through it

4. Identify what experiences you’ve had that make you a qualified candidate for the position

5. Do some research on the company and be prepared to ask some questions (this lets the interviewer know that you took time to become informed and that you have an interest in the company)

6. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS bring multiple copies of your resume tucked neatly into a folder 

Make sure that you go into the interview with a smile and greet the interviewer with a firm handshake to show them that you are confident and that you mean business. Sit upright in your chair (no slouching), but don’t be stiff as a stick or you’re going to look completely unnatural and uncomfortable. Don’t try to force yourself to speak ridiculously eloquent either or, trust me, you’ll stumble and stutter. Just say what you need to say in terminology you are familiar with and the sentences should flow smoothly which will show that you know what you are talking about. Just let your personality shine through in whatever you do and everything should be smooth sailing from there.

Make sure to thank the interviewer for taking time out of their busy schedule to consider your candidacy. You also want to show that you are excited to be there and eager to work for the company and be part of the team. Ask any questions you may have because you want to know as much as possible about the place you may be soon be working at. At the end of the interview do not forget to shake the interviewer’s hand again and thank them one more time for considering you for a position.

I hope these tips have been helpful and that you now think of interviews as great events because you get to talk about how awesome you are the whole time!