MLT: Career Prep 2015

Here is another reminder about MLT (Management Leadership for Tomorrow). I have several entries about this amazing, door-opening program. The application is officially live! Visit the website to learn more about it and apply:

http://www.ml4t.org/programs/career-prep/career-prep-apply

A few days ago, I was flown to Atlanta, Georgia, from Los Angeles, California. I was not able to capture that many moments of the city but here is the Accenture elevator (where I interviewed with the help of MLT) and my hotel room (single)! I will treasure the coaching, the friendships, and the opportunities that MLT has provided me for many years to come. Please tell your peers and your family. Make sure you are eligible!

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NJNY: New Jersey Needs You

A couple more opportunities coming your way. Today I will be writing about NJNY. This program is similar to NYNY (New York Needs You). Check out the NYNY post in a past entry.

The mission: Enabling first-generation college students to realize their college and career ambitions.

Beautiful. This is a mission that I highly value as the achievement gap is widening. To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.newjerseyneedsyou.org/program

I highly encourage everyone who is eligible to apply. I met a fellow of this program yesterday at an Accenture Management Consulting Interview. He was flown to Atlanta Georgia for a chance to propel himself with an internship opportunity.

Applications are open and they close in March. Make sure to read what is required for the application as you never know if you have to reach out to a teacher or colleague for a letter of recommendation.

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Applying to Jobs: The Resume Drop and What Happens Next…

For many people, it is a time of stress and anticipation. They have just submitted their resume to 10+ jobs and are waiting to hear back. Others have submitted their resume to 20+ jobs worried that out of those 20, they will only hear back from 2-3.

Quick piece of advice. Stop stressing. You have done all you can do now. You wrote a killer cover letter expressing your interest in the company, you stacked your resume with extracurricular activities and have a beautiful GPA.

Here is the hard part. Others will hear back sooner than you. Someone may get that one job you were DYING to have. BUT IT IS OK! Someone once told me, “if you REALLY want that job, you will get it sooner or later.” Remember that a career is a lifetime. Maybe the company wants to see more relevant experience before they hire you. Take a summer or a year or two to develop the necessary skills for the job and network. Networking is very important. Kindly email an employee at your “dream job” asking them out for a quick coffee run. YOUR TREAT. Many people are happy to help! You will be surprised. Talk about your interests and take time to learn about their background and interests as well. By talking to people, you will get a better sense of the culture and see if this company is right for you. Remember, interviewing and networking is a two-way street. Before you see if they want you, see if you want them.

BEST OF LUCK!

Volunteerism: Give a little, Gain a lot

(I know this post is different from my usual posts, but hear me out)

If anyone is having trouble coming up with their new years resolution, give this one a shot. Volunteer! Even if it is just once this year, give a helping hand. There are many ways and many opportunities out there. I know that many firms and companies have volunteer opportunities. Students in high school can volunteer through clubs and even at camps. JUST ASK!!

I recently volunteered at a soup kitchen. I was given the task to cut and wash vegetables.

I then helped plate the food. A couple of greens, cherry tomatoes, a small bowl of broth, a slice of sandwich bread & mashed potatoes.

This was not my thanksgiving dinner.

I then carried a few plates out to the cafeteria where people gathered to eat their meals (it was probably their first meal that week).

I served a mother and her three kids. I somehow put my family in their shoes. I could not imagine my mother moving from place to place with her younger ones. It was terrible to think that they did not have a roof over their head and worse to think that they would not know when their next meal would be. I immediately thought about how much my mom sacrifices for me and my siblings. Now, imagine the women at the soup kitchen and what she may be sacrificing when she has little to begin with. I asked the manager of the soup kitchen how they choose who can eat there and when they are open. She told me that sometimes they have to deny families because of the lack of volunteers. WHAT! Imagine if we had constant volunteers and constant donations. That could really make a difference. BE THAT DIFFERENCE THIS YEAR!

I decided to help out with a non-profit, and volunteer my time to help the business. I may document some of my experiences through this blog so stay in touch.

If you can get anything out of this post, it is to please volunteer sometime this year. Happy New Year. Be the best you can be. Keep opening those doors.

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Happy New Years!

New Year, New You.

Make sure when you are making your new years resolutions, that you keep in mind the acronym S.M.A.R.T (refer to my past post on this).

Appreciate what you have. Love those around you. Make new friends. Land that internship or job & Lose those Thanksgiving and other holiday meals!

Congrats to everyone for joining the year 2014, hopefully it is a good one!

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MLT: Application Preview is OUT

College Sophomores,

Consider applying to Management Leadership for Tomorrow. It is a program that opens eyes and opens doors. I have been very fortunate to be a part of this alongside many other amazing fellows.

The application opens January 2014 but to get a preview of the application, go here:

http://www.ml4t.org/programs/career-prep/career-prep-apply

Make sure you are eligible to apply! A MLT Ambassador may be on your campus to answer any of your questions.

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Goldenrule #5: Hunt for Treasure

Marilyn Monroe once said, “we should all start to live before we get too old. Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”

When opportunities present themselves, TAKE THEM.

My go-to excuse is that I am busy, but I am happiest when I do the simplest of things.

An example where I was at complete bliss was when I ordered a pizza with 5 toppings (I treated myself for sure) and watched a movie on Netflix by myself. This was a great break from life but I was still living it if that makes sense.

So where am I going with this…

Life is too short to limit yourself from the good things in life. You may find a treasure along the way.

Here is a recent treasure i found:

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I would have skipped on this beauty if I did not hop in my car and travel 10 minutes away from school. Pencil that into your calendar.

Live your life.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow Seminar 2: Minnesota

(This is my 2nd MLT Seminar. Refer to the first one earlier in this blog)

Last weekend I was very fortunate to attend a seminar through the MLT program in Minnesota.
I hopped on a plane from LAX to MSP and what a difference it was! As soon as I left the terminal, I ran to the nearest shuttle bus I could find in order to escape the 9 degree frost attacking my Los Angeles body.

Target hosted this weekend seminar full of workshops on: Interviewing Correctly, Managing the Recruitment Process & Establishing One’s Brands.

I will go more in depth on the lessons in future posts.

MLT fellows were invited to Target HQ for an interview “Superday” (full day of interviewing). Firms interviewing included: Google, Citi, Wells Fargo, Disney, Clorox, AND TARGET of course!

The environment was extremely collaborative as we “high-fived” each other before going into our interviews. I have never seen so many suits before and I was proud to see motivated & smart people of color.

Hopefully the next time I see the fellows, we will all have internships. Good luck to everyone on the recruitment process. MLT Ambassadors may be coming to your colleges soon to recruit the next class of MLT fellows. Amazing coaching, amazing opportunities and amazing results. These are the next leaders.

Here are some pictures:

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Goldenrule#4: Do Not Postpone Happiness

This blog serves to help people find different opportunities that may be of interest along with some tips and tricks. Even though it is important to work hard, it is also important to treat yourself once in a while.

I once heard, “Do not postpone happiness.”

I realized how easy it was to become distracted by work and lose sight of the simple pleasures of life.

I wanted to include this as a Goldenrule because it is important to live life as one desires. Life is short. We hear this all the time, but people still find themselves stuck, doing things they do not want to do.

What makes you happy? How often do you get to do those things?

Set aside time for yourself no matter how busy you may be.

If you enjoy watching a movie, wrapped up in blankets, with a bowl of popcorn to your side, schedule a night for yourself.

If you enjoy trying new cuisines & restaurant touring with friends, set aside some money for Friday night and GO.

Do not let excuses weigh you down. Think about what prevents you from being happy. The faster you realize that it is yourself, the quicker you can get to living your life. It is not necessary to close doors, but it is time to start thinking about opening new ones.

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Goldenrule#3: List things you value, and do not stray away

Writing down what you value may be easy, but harder for others.

Quickly write down your list of values and determine if you are doing things in your life that satisfy them.

Here is an example of a value list for someone who is thinking about their next move in their career path:

1)family                             4)security

2)work-life balance           5)mobility

3)flexibility                         6)money

From this list, we can see that the person may want to get a job that is close to home. They may want a 9-5 job providing them more of a balance with their time. They may want a job with a flexible work environment meaning that they have a say in when to come in, when to have lunch, where to work (at the office, at home) and maybe even ask for more vacation days to cruise with their family. Security on the list shows that the person wants to look for a career that is not “risky.” Ask yourself, “what careers are popular right now and will be popular in the next 10 years?”

Do you see where this is going?

Making this list is not mandatory but it gives you a more structured idea of what you want and why you want it. Envision it, then attain it!

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