Last Thursday, I attended a panel discussion facilitated by General Assembly (GA) Chicago about Creating a Career You Love. It is a fun, eye-opening, dynamic experience. The panel was made of people from diverse backgrounds, sharing different life experiences but similar idea of not settling in an unhappy career.
The amazing panel of experts was made of:
- Martin McGovern, Co-Founder, Idea Lemon
- Jason Early, Founder, gruntmonkey LLC
- Rajiv Nathan, Co-Founder, Idea Lemon
- Liz Presson, Founder & Chief Curator, Pursuit
- Joelen Tan, Dabble Teacher and Chef & Culinary Instructor, What’s Cookin’ Chicago?
Here are my key takeaways from the discussion:
- Be yourself and be comfortable with your own opinions.
- People buy products because they’re emotionally attached to it. Thus, people hire qualified applicants because they like them (an invitation for an interview already implies that you are qualified).
- Be honest with yourself.
- Don’t wait. Create opportunities for yourself.
- Thinking of work outside of work should not be a burden.
- You become who you pretend to be.
- On being prepared: YOU’RE NEVER GONNA BE READY.
Bottomline is, there’s no better place than here and no better time than now (RATM?) . JUST DO IT! (Nike?) Lol.
To check out GA’s upcoming classes and events, click here. Enjoy and hope to see you in one of them!