When was the last time you had an interview? If your next employer called, would you be ready? If you had an opportunity for a promotion at work, would you have a strong updated resume readily available? If you ran into a corporate executive at your target company, would you know what to say?
If the answer to any of these questions is “no” there’s a chance that some bad luck might be headed your way. Opportunities come around all the time, but we have to 1) recognize them and 2) be prepared for them in order to create the luck we want – Good Luck!
Good luck is not something that’s out of reach or reserved for a special few. It’s something we all can take advantage of if we follow a simple formula.
Good luck = Opportunity + Preparation*
At Smith, there are many opportunities that you can leverage to build your skills, fill in gaps on your resume, gain global experience, and meet key people. In order to take advantage of these opportunities, you must first be aware of them.
Once you begin your course of study, be sure to check your Smith email for important messages. Read the weekly MBA Career Terp Talk to learn about upcoming events, open positions, visiting employers, and advice that will place you on the path to career success. Check out the plasma screens on campus. Develop relationships with your classmates, professors, and Smith staff. Interact with your track reps, or better yet, become one! Be aware of opportunities outside of Smith as well. Maintaining your network, reading business journals, and joining professional associations are just a few ways of doing that.
Be prepared for opportunities by meeting with your career coach to learn how to create an effective results-oriented resume, receive a mock interview, or practice your pitch. Let us help you learn how to network effectively, research your area of interest, contact alumni, or build your own personal board of advisors who can provide you with industry insight and information. With proper preparation, you can even create your own opportunities and tap into the hidden market of opportunities not publicized or even created yet!
So, are you prepared?
* The formula is a variation of an original quote attributed to Roman philosopher Seneca (ca. 4 BC to AD 65).