The Strongest Influencers On Your Career Path Aug11

The Strongest Influencers On Your Career Path

As we grow into adults we discover everyone has a narrative — their own story comprised of personal battles, discoveries, successes and failures. Here at Smart Savvy, we try to understand those stories in-depth so we can effectively understand and place our candidates. We ask the following of our candidates: “Please plot 6-8 key life/career developments that have helped shape you into the person you are today.” On one end of the timeline is ‘The day you were born,’ on the other end, ‘Today.’  9/10 people love it. In five years, we have only had one person struggle to the point of not being capable of completing it.  So what have we learned from our candidates’ stories? The old adage “people are more alike than different” holds true when it comes to people’s personal stories. Here are the commonalities that stood out as consistent themes in one’s life (and career), supplemented by excerpts from individual’s answers:   1. Cross-Culture Experiences + Travel What’s more humbling, entertaining, and possibly frustrating, then not even being able to ask for a glass of water or have small talk about the weather? Travel turns us on our heads in terms of what we know about language, culture, a dining experience, etc. It educates us in a way that no classroom ever could, both about ourselves and the world around us.  [slideshare id=64916675&doc=travelexperiences-160811181724]   2. Post-Secondary Education The whole university experience is an unforgettable one: all-nighters, varsity sports, finals, and walking the stage when it’s all done and over with. This is a time in life to simply learn; be the proverbial sponge; and figure out what your passions, strengths, and motivations are.  [slideshare id=64916782&doc=university-160811182113]   3. Performance + Achievements Of course our successes are a fundamental part of our...