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A Career Navigation System

Last week, I had to travel across the state to pick up a purchase. Since it was dark, I had to use a navigation system instead of the printed directions I had brought–this made me a bit uncomfortable because I wanted to be able to see where I was going. While on my drive, I was taken off the most obvious path, but I used my intuition to bring me safely to my destination.

Can you relate to this? 

Have you ever been out in the middle of an unfamiliar nowhere after dark?  Have you wished that you could better see the road ahead?  I’ll bet you have, but perhaps not in the way that you might think.

Take hold of your career path.

The term “career path” is often used in speaking about careers.  The word “path” assumes some sort of movement between points.  As you travel between two points, it is necessary to obtain and follow some type of directions, much like visiting an unknown place.   At times, it may feel as if you are traveling down a dark road and you don’t really feel all that comfortable.  You would like to be able to see ahead, know more about your surroundings or, at least, feel as if you are not alone in your travel.

On dealing with the “bumps” in the road…

I have some good news for you.  In a way, you can think of your career center as your career navigation system that can assist you along your career path.  Your career center has the tools that can help guide you in the right direction.  Like a navigation unit, they know where the roads lead.  They know when you should turn left or right and slow down or speed up.  They can also help you navigate along alternate routes if necessary.

Don’t wait until senior year to ask for assistance in your career journey.  That would be like me heading out last week without a map and a navigation system.  Can you imagine the consequences?  Don’t be that person!

Good luck in your journey!

 

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As Assistant Director of Recruiting within the Wake Forest Schools of Business Employer Relations team, Lisa’s passion is connecting employers with student talent and creating a positive experience for both. She manages all aspects of recruiting, retention, and systems for the graduate business school.  Her strengths include relationship management, networking, social media engagement, information aggregation, process facilitation and communication. Lisa has been employed at Wake Forest since the fall of 2002.  She has over 20 years of work experience in various roles.  Prior to arriving at Wake Forest, she was an entrepreneur, venturing into web-based international sales and marketing of salvage automotive parts and accessories.  Before that, she was a trust officer in the Employee Benefit Trust area of Wachovia Bank.  Lisa is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. Lisa earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Rollins College and a Masters in Liberal Arts from Wake Forest.  Visit Lisa’s blog, follow her on Twitter, or connect on LinkedIn.

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