What does the Fox Say: Practice Makes Perfect

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Congrats to the Cubs for winning the 2016 World Series. Fly the W with pride! What an amazing series, coming down to an extra inning (rain delayed!) in game 7. Cleveland fans should be proud of their team too, and hopefully, your “someday” is 2017.

An important lesson can be learned from the World Series. Most of those players have long wanted to be a professional ball player. (Not to mention that both Cubs and Cleveland fans had dreamt, until last night, for a combined 176 years to bring home a World Series championship.) However, you can’t just dream it. It takes practice PRACTICE. Lots of practice. The players on both teams have practiced, and practiced, and practiced some more. They have recognized their strengths and worked hard to improve their “weaknesses.” They studied the game and took advice from others. Even with natural-born ability and the greatest coaches, great players need to practice.

The same is true of your career or professional path. You can’t just “dream” it to happen. You cannot rely simply on your talents. You need to work for it. You need to practice. The Knowlton Center has a wealth of resources and great career coaches to guide you. However, you need to own your future, to step up to the plate and practice.

Practice researching different types of careers.

Practice networking.

Practice writing cover letters and personal statements.

Practice your skills.

Practice a career through an internship.

Practice interviewing.

Practice your elevator pitch.

Practice.

Utilize your Knowlton Center coaches every step of the way. Just like Joe Madden and the Chicago Cubs, the Knowlton Center Coaches and your dedication to practice will result in a professional win.

What Does the Fox Say: Abroad and My Career?

Dear Dr. Fox, 

All around campus this week I’ve seen information about going abroad.  I’ve never really thought about it and now I’m wondering if an experience abroad can help me in my career journey.   Is this something I should consider?

– Confused In Granville

Dear Confused In Granville, 

Great question!  Dr. Fox is actually headed to Paris this week to explore additional opportunities to send students abroad, so I’ll take this question for you!   Studying abroad or doing an international internship can be a life-changing experience–studying or interning in another country can expand your understanding of other cultures, help you gain independence, and see the world from a different angle;  all valuable skills in an increasingly globalized world.

Hopefully, you had a chance to check out some of the awesome opportunities this week during Global Education Week.  But if not, don’t worry!  Both Off-Campus Study and the Knowlton Center can help you learn more about which opportunities are right for you and how to pursue them with the proper planning. Abroad experiences can be affordable and accessible no matter your major or extra-curricular commitments.

Are you aware of the free resource available to you called Going Global*?  This tool provides country-specific career and employment information, internship opportunities and cultural advice, be sure to check it out!   Look for more information to come from our office about internship opportunities in India as well!

Keep your eye out for more information from our office about internship opportunities in India as well!

Jet-lagged Dr. Fox will be back next week with more great advice!

Melanie

*Be sure to create your Going Global account from a campus IP address–contact the Knowlton Center with any questions.

What Does the Fox Say: What General Advice Do You Have for Us?

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Dear DocFox –

We are through the first couple of weeks of school, any general advice you have for us?

The Fox Says:

Admittedly, I used to despise inspirational quotes.  I have never purchased or read a single Chicken Soup for the Soul book.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m now in my 40’s, or perhaps it’s my time spent working with college students, but I tend to look at some inspirational quotes from a new perspective.  And it may sound cheesy, but I have become inspired by the quotes.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. 

Life is about creating yourself.”

There is some question as to the accuracy around whether or not this quote is attributed to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, but regardless of who said it first, it has become – as a Career Coach – my absolute favorite “quote du jour.”  Let’s replace “life” with “college”, however.

College isn’t about finding yourself. 

College is about creating yourself.”

Should you take time to explore?  ABSOLUTELY!  However, you must work for your success and own the actions that you take. In the Knowlton Center, we talk a lot about the importance of student agency.  Exploration is a piece of agency.  Explore opportunities and then show up, be engaged, and work hard to create your academic, personal, professional, and co-curricular self.
And, isn’t that one of the best parts of a liberal arts education?  From the diverse curriculum to the variety of opportunities, you have many mediums in your reach.  Denison is your canvas … now it’s up to you to create you.
Sincerely,

DocFox

 

What Does the Fox Say: Why so many Icebreakers??

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Dear DocFox –

 
I’ve been here for less than 2 weeks and I feel like I’m spending half my time answering the same 4 questions:
What is my name, what is my hometown, what is my major, and my least favorite: what is something interesting about me. What gives??
 
Sincerely,

M. from Chicago

First-Year, Undecided Major (maybe Anthropology/Sociology)
(Oh, and in case you are wondering, I am an aspiring entrepreneur and started a dog walking business this summer.)

Dear M:

 
Thanks for writing!  Yes, the beginning of the year is filled with introductions and icebreakers – in your residence halls, in student organizations, probably even a few classes. Icebreakers are not only a way to get to know others in an often fun and occasionally engaging way, but they are also team builders and a way to hone your networking skills. Why is that important, you may ask?  In both college and the “real world” you will be asked to work in teams and/or contribute in many ways. It’s much easier to work in teams when you have already established a good rapport.  And, it’s even easier when you know each other well enough to effectively leverage one another’s talents, strengths, and interests!
 
As for networking, it may seem unimportant, especially as a first-year student, but it is useful! Don’t think of it as needing to work a crowd or boast about yourself; use it to build relationships one at a time and teach others who you are and what opportunities you might want to explore. It’s also a great way to help others make connections to accomplish their goals. So, build your networks over the next 4 years…talk with classmates, faculty, staff, your roommate’s parents, etc. The questions may seem mundane, but it’s a great way to strike up a conversation and make early connections – especially with your classmates.  Did you know Starbucks, Hewlett and Packard, and Facebook were all started by college friends? Thank goodness for ice breakers!
 
Pro Tip: When you do introduce yourself, make sure you say your first and last name.  Perhaps I want to offer you a gig walking my adorable dog … I don’t know how to get in touch with you since I don’t know your last name!
 
Sincerely,

DocFox