Resolve to Make 2011 Career Focused

American columnist and author Bill Vaughn once said, “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” How will you spend your New Year’s Eve? I’ll be looking forward to all that is to come in 2011!

This past year has been a busy one – especially after starting this blog. I’ve used this time to share with you my insights about resumes (here and here), the importance of internships and how to prepare for your career through your college years (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior), along with other important topics like networking, communicating and finding college scholarships to help pay for your college education.

But as we review on this past year, it’s equally important to begin looking at the opportunities in front of us.

The start of 2011 will see many of you entering your final semester of college – taking those last few classes before you enter the workforce. Others of you will be just starting out, trying to decide if you’ve chosen the right major.

The New Year is an exciting time to take stock in where we are in our journey and develop plans for the upcoming year.

Over the next few months, I’ll share more with you about how to get involved with professional organizations on campus, interviewing skills and the ins and outs of using social media in your job search. I hope that you will find these posts helpful as you prepare to enter the workforce – either this year or some time in the future.

As we embrace this New Year, make a commitment to be focused on your future career. The fresh start that January offers is the perfect time to set plans for your career and begin making them a reality. Unsure of where you’re going? Check out the Sodexo Careers page. You’ll be amazed the variety of opportunities available just within our company.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” — Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Happy New Year!


Derren is the Manager of Diversity Recruiting for Sodexo which is a leader in integrated food service and facilities management. He is responsible for managing the Sodexo Future Leaders Internship Program as well as executing diversity sourcing initiatives for both campus and targeted experienced hires. With over 14+ years of experience with Sodexo, Derren has had great success as a General Manager in the company’s Health Care Services division as well as in several positions within their Talent Acquisition Group. He’s an active corporate partner with the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH). Derren is an AIRS Certified Diversity Recruiter (CDR) and Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR).

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