What is your goal when you go networking? Everyone should have a goal. Some go in thinking how can I get people on my team to support my business. Or they’re looking to find someone in the room who wants to invest in my business. Those are good goals but they’re not necessarily long-term goals that can help you down the road to having meaningful networking connections.
I am graduating in December, as are most of my friends. As much as it pains me to think about graduating in the dead of Pittsburgh’s winter, I still am really excited to start the life that I’ve always wanted. It’s a difficult process for me to think about because I have so many options when I graduate. I could get a corporate office job editing or copywriting. I could write freelance. I could go to graduate school (and am in the process of applying for Fall 2014). I could take a year to myself and have a service industry job. I could travel (if I had the money). All of these options are open to all graduates, but what is the best one? Here are some steps for what to do after you graduate:
We’ve all been there: it’s your senior year of college and you’re terrified that you’re not going to get a job when you graduate. You wake yourself up at night thinking about moving back in with your parents or working at the local diner. It’s a vicious world out there, but don’t fall into the habitual notion that the business world is out to get you. You can make yourself a valuable asset while you’re in school, and it has NOTHING to do with what classes you take, how well you do, or which program you’re in. Here are some useful tips I have learned along the way, and if you have some of your own, I would love to hear them!
Education on any level is very important to me. As individuals, we should always be striving to be a better version of ourselves. Some people have horror stories about school–in all it’s formality, structure and rigidity. However, I am thankful for two teachers and one college professor in my life because they helped me become the savvy-business-nerd that I am today. Now it’s your turn to find a mentor that will inspire you like they inspired me.
Texas Style Council is providing you an opportunity to grow your business and blogs. TXSC begins in August and is a three day conference that provides a place to network, create and learn. Earlier this year I meet Indiana during SxSW, and we discussed the opportunity for me to become a teacher during the conference this year. When she emailed a while ago to confirm if I was still interested, I jumped at the chance. Not only is it a great opportunity for ICB but it’s one of my goals to teach more women how to sustain and build their own successful business. This is alignment at it’s finest.
This year’s keynote speakers are Elise & Emma of A Beautiful Mess: a blog dedicated to creating a beautiful life filled with the gift of inspiration. There are also a slew of other great speakers for Saturday’s events. I am personally excited to hear Kendi of Kendi Everyday, Camille of Camille Styles and sit in Kevin of Iron to Iron workshop. My workshop will solely focus on how to Kick Start Your Ecommerce presence.
Are you looking to get a better understanding of the fashion industry, plus a small glimpse into what it’s like to work for a fashion-tech start up? Well, you’re in luck. We are now accepting summer 2013 and Fall 2013 applications. You can apply via Internships.com Please fill out all information on the site. The perk of this internship is that you do not have to live in the same city as Imperfect Concepts HQ. Virtual interns are always great! If you have any questions about the internship, direct your email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This internship is non-paid, but we do work with colleges to help fulfill college credit hours. I look forward to seeing your applications plus talking to you very soon!