“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.”
– Carlton Fisk
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Laureen Ong at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism Must See Monday event. Ong is currently the president of the Travel Channel and has had an impressive career in the media world.
Ong spoke with the many soon-to-be graduates and other attendees about the challenges we’ll face in the professional world and how she overcame them and used them to grow her career.
Here is some of the great advice and words of wisdom she shared with the audience last night:
- Make the most out of every opportunity. You never know who you might meet, what experiences you might come across or things you might learn.
- Travel or take an international assignment if you can. The experience will broaden your outlook on the world and society in ways you can’t imagine.
- Everyone will work for someone they don’t like at one time or another. What’s important is that you handle yourself appropriately and learn to work effectively with people you might not see eye to eye with.
- Have your elevator pitch down, you never know when you’ll meet someone who could change your career.
- The more difficult the task, the greater the reward. This is a great motto to remember on tough days when it seems like things aren’t working the way they should.
- Spend 2+ years in professional positions. You need to have enough time to make a difference and become part of the team within the company.
- Embrace mentors and build your network. Fostering these relationships are crucial to your career and could help you get a job later on down the road.
- Figure out what makes you happy and and find a way to do it everyday. It’s true that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.
It’s always great to take the time to learn from veteran professionals who have gone through the ups and downs of career development. Everyone has a different experience, and the more you learn from their experiences the better.
~ Miss Soucie