There were no wedding chimes, no processional - the fanfare and accoutrement of a wedding were, ostensibly, missing. Nevertheless, in March, two of the university’s social media families became one, with the one – the Career Services Blog (CSB) – taking the name of the other – Online Career Tips (OCT).
For fans of Jane Austen, parallels (however half-baked) might be drawn between the narrative arch Austen adeptly stakes out in her “Pride and Prejudice” and the courtship which resulted in the creation of one unified, career-focused university blog (OCT). Well-read, rich in resources, and circumspect, the wedding between OCT (Mr. Darcy) and its brazen, not entirely obscure but impassioned compliment, the CSB (Elizabeth Bennet), was happily inevitable, now written in the fabric of history.
What can students, familiar with the CSB, expect to find on OCT? In addition to piercing analyses, witty insights, cleverly composed discourses, and, of course, the cast of bloggers who once fueled the engine driving the CSB, OCT is home to a vast bank of multimedia content – webcasts from which students and alumni stand to benefit tremendously. In fact, many of the webcasts posted to OCT explore the intersection between the classroom and the workplace, offering content beneficial to active students and earnest job seekers alike.
One recent post on OCT aims to help you with your personal leadership development ambitions, featuring a special podcast interview with Michelle Maldonado, Associate Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Relationships, which introduces concepts of authentic leadership and its convergence with emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and other “conscious” business practices.
Authentic leadership stems from concepts originally introduced by former Medtronic CEO and Harvard University Professor, Bill George. Nicely reflected in his book, “True North,” authentic leadership is a style and state of being that transcends corporate culture to create self-actualized, confident, and compassionate people who are highly motivated and are top performers in their organizations. You can benefit greatly from educating yourself on these vital “soft skills” to help prepare yourself for leadership success in a diverse, global society.
Having a definitive purpose for continuing your studies for the betterment of your career aspirations and the educational pillars that support them is an important goal. With authentic leadership as a part of that goal, you can take your efforts to the next level, finding your true leadership style and voice through intentional development and integration of skills that support success and confidence in any working environment.