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Vocations, Volunteer & Post-grad Fair:
Wednesday, October 11

Vocations, Volunteer & Post-grad Fair:
Wednesday, October 11

Are you looking for ways you can serve the local community? Would you like to intern or possibly work for a non-profit organization? To help you find meaningful volunteer and service work as well as internships at nonprofit organizations, the Office of Personal Career Development and UD Campus Ministry are sponsoring a Vocations, Volunteer & Post-Grad Fair on Wednesday, October 11, from 1:30-4:30pm on the University Mall. Dozens of service  and nonprofit organizations and religious orders will  have representatives on hand to talk about the opportunities they have available. For a complete list of organizations participating, click here.

You may be able to earn course credit for service work or an internship, depending on the kind of work you do and the number of of hours you work. Contact OPCD for more details or ask an OPCD staff member at the fair.

Since many organizations are highly selective when choosing volunteers and interns, we asked representatives from a few of the participating groups to tell us what they’re hoping to see from students attending the fair. Here are their responses.

How can students best present themselves to you at the volunteer fair?

Jennifer Abdallah, Program Manager, AmeriCorps: Research our organization to see if AmeriCorps service is something they would be interested in (non-religious community service with children, paid with a living allowance and education award).

Lindsay Penn, Director of Volunteer Service, Make-A-Wish Foundation: We know that their class schedule and other activities determine their presentations, so any way that they feel comfortable. However, I would appreciate the students who choose to dress appropriately  to meet with potential internship employers (does not have to be “professional”).

Cindy Dale, Talent Acquisition Specialist, American Heart Association: Dressing business casual is fine. We understand that some students may be coming from class, etc. We want this event to be interactive and fun!

What would you like to hear in an “elevator” pitch?

Abdallah, AmeriCorps: Name, major, type of experience they are looking for.

Penn, Make-A-Wish Foundation: I would just like to have a candid conversation about the student’s interests in internship opportunities and how that opportunity might benefit him or her in the future based on course of study. What can he or she really bring to the table?

Dale, American Heart Association: We are happy to discuss what AHA does if no prior research has been done. They should be able to discuss why they want to be part of a non-profit organization.

Should students bring their resumes or anything else?

Abdallah, AmeriCorps: No resumes needed!

Penn, Make-A-Wish Foundation: Resumes would be great!

Dale, American Heart Association: Please no resumes. We will provide students information on how to join our talent community or how to apply for a job.

 

UPDATED FALL EVENTS ROSTER! Lectures, recruiting events, fall activities cosponsored by the OPCD and various academic departments

UPDATED FALL EVENTS ROSTER! Lectures, recruiting events, fall activities cosponsored by the OPCD and various academic departments

While our events with additional details are posted on the University of Dallas calendar and on social media, we are providing a full roster of events currently on the OPCD calendar for fall 2017.  Whether you are a freshman, graduating senior, graduate student, or alumnus, we invite you to attend.

Many events require registration at bit.ly/opcdrsvp.

Tues., October 10,  5:00 to 6:30 PM – SB Hall Serafy (Room 138)- Clare Boothe Luce Lecture featuring Dr. Sherry Yennello from TX A&M, sponsored by the Physics Dept.

Wed., October 11,  7:30 to 9:00 AM – Haggar Cafe (breakfast is on us)- Come-and-Go Breakfast with Clare Boothe Luce speaker Dr. Sherry Yennello, sponsored by the Physics Dept.

Wed., October 11, 1:30 to 4:30 PM – the Mall (weather permitting – alternate location will be announced in the event of rain) – Vocations, Volunteer & Post-Grad Fair. Dozens of nonprofits and religious organizations on campus to seek student volunteers and to discuss post-graduate vocations and service gap-years. sponsored by Campus Ministry & OPCD.

Mon, October 16, 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM – Haggar Foyer (stop by anytime) – Baylor University School of Social Work Admissions Recruiting Table

Tues., October 17, 4:00 to 5:30 PM – Gorman A – Understanding Addiction and Stopping the Opioid Crisis (featuring special guest John Walters, former drug czar under Pres. Bush), sponsored by the Politics Department.

Thursday, October 19, 12:30 to 2:00 PM – Haggar Dining Room (above cafe) – limited space – brown bag lunch. –Faith and Public Policy Lunch and Lecture (John Walters, former drug czar under President George W. Bush), sponsored by the Politics Department.

 

And some fun…

Friday, October 20, 6:00 to 11:00 PM – Augustine Hall, Lot F – Falloween Fest and 7th Annual Haunted House of Horrors, in collaboration with Alumni Relations, Academic Success, and Student Affairs.  Open to students, faculty, alumni, and families/friends of UD.  6:00 to 8:00 PM – Family-friendly activities.  8:00 to 11:00 PM – Haunted House, open to guests ages 12+ (discouraged for guests under 18)

 

Back to business…

Monday, October 23, 6:30 to 8:00 PM – SB Hall Serafy (Room 138)- Chem Careers Professional Panel: From the Chemistry lab to the world of work, sponsored by the Chemistry Department and SMACS.

Wednesday, October 25, 4:00 to 5:00 PM – SB Hall Serafy (Room 138) – Enterprise Holdings LLC Recruiting Information session.

Thursday, October 26, 4:00 to 5:00 PM – Gorman Faculty Lounge – Grad School in the Humanities: How to Find, Apply To and Flourish in Graduate School featuring UD alumna Christian Howard, sponsored by the English Department and relevant to all students in the humanities.

Monday, November 6, 7:00 to 8:30 PM  (film, q&a, reception) – Art History Auditorium – Porres Lecture and Q&A, sponsored by the History Department.

Thursday, November 9, 7:00 to 9:00 PM (film, q&a, reception) – Art History Auditorium – Presented by the Modern Languages Department, screening of “Tiramisu for Two.” The event is a projection of a feature film shot on location in Texas and Italy, followed by a talk on making an independent film by the Director and Producer of the Texan-Italian film “Tiramisu for Two”.

Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 to 8:00 PM– Gorman A – How to Find and Apply for a Summer REU. Featuring a panel of students who have successfully navigated the process and moderated by Dr. Steinmiller. Recommended for all students in the science, math, and psychology.  Pizza provided.  RSVP required at bit.ly/opcdrsvp

Career Development and Alumni Relations Launch Alumni Advisory Panel

Career Development and Alumni Relations Launch Alumni Advisory Panel

Monica Abbracciamento, Alumni Advisory Panel member

The UD Office of Personal Career Development and the Alumni Relations Department have launched a virtual alumni advisory panel in which students can connect with experienced alumni and pose questions on career-related topics.

The virtual panel boasts of 33 members from a variety of career fields and graduation years. Students can post questions to the entire panel or to individual panel members. Questions and answers are posted on the Office of Personal Career Development’s blog. Students can also scroll through past questions and answers to look for topics that interest them.

Panelist Monica Abbracciamento (BA History, 2011) said that she’s serving on the panel because she’s grateful for her UD education and the impact it’s had on her professional growth. “I wanted to serve as a resource for students facing the same decisions I once faced,” she said.

Abbracciamento also believes that good mentors are crucial for the success of young professionals. “Liberal arts candidates, in particular, have many ways of adding value to business and other organizations,” she said. “I’d love to offer perspective and advice based on my own unique career progression.”

Click here to view the alumni advisors and pose questions or select the “Ask an Alumnus” menu on the OPCD blog’s home page.

To make an appointment with an OPCD career counselor, click here.

 

Alumni Give Advice on Leveraging a Liberal Arts Major

Alumni Give Advice on Leveraging a Liberal Arts Major

For many students, settling on a major is a choice that causes anxiety and quite a bit of hand wringing. Will I learn enough to succeed after graduation? Will I gain the skills I need to get a job?

At a recent panel hosted by the Office of Personal Career Development entitled “You Majored in What?” a group of UD alumni explained to anxious students how the comprehensive liberal arts education they received at UD opened doors and led to opportunities that they would never have thought possible. Below are their responses to questions posed by students, faculty and staff.

Yvonne Freeman
Bob Hyde
Steven Harrell

Matt Victorine
Shannon Doherty

How did your background in liberal arts help you in your career?

Yvonne Freeman (BA Mathematics, 1989), VP of Total Rewards, Michaels: I think people underestimate how effectively liberal arts majors can block and tackle and process problems. There were a lot of things I could’ve done–and my liberal arts degree opened up a lot of possibilities for me. I, personally, would rather hire a liberal arts major because they are better prepared to tackle the unknown.

Bob Hyde (BA Secondary Education, 1975), Senior VP, Bank of Texas: They used to say that BA stood for “didn’t buy anything,” but I disagree. One of my first assignments was to take a 6 page letter that my boss wrote, make it better and reduce it to one page. People with liberal arts degrees focus on the view from 10,00 feet instead of the microscopic view.

Steven Harrell (BA English, 2009), Communications/PR Specialist, Jackson Spaulding: Marketing and communications is really just storytelling. With a liberal arts degree and especially with an English major, you’re really trained to tell stories and to synthesize large swaths of information from an intelligent point of view.

How do you balance the pursuit of education with the pursuit of a specifically liberal education?

Shannon Doherty (BA Psychology, 2013), Business Development Analyst, GM Financial: I had no technical skills when I graduated. But it I had 90 days to get a job or I would be living in my parents’ basement. You have to find a way to gain some hard skills. Chip away at them through summer jobs and internships. That’s one thing I wish I would have done differently.

Matt Victorine (BA History, 1991), VP and Regional Manager, Fidelity Investments: When you apply to a company, learn about all the jobs that they have to offer and figure out what skills you need to get into the job you want. You want to apply to a company that teaches how to do their jobs. I’ve done hundreds of interviews and these days, if you can half-way speak well, you’re advancing to the next round.

Hyde: Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re not expected to have a full skill set when you graduate. And macroeconomics are in your favor–there’s a shrinking work force right now. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. If an opportunity doesn’t work out, chalk it up to experience. Don’t get caught in analysis paralysis.

Victorine: There’s no better job market in the country right now than Dallas/Fort Worth. It’s a fascinating time if you’re looking to explore different companies. If you’re flexible and nimble, there’s a lot of jobs out there.

Harrell: I wandered in the desert for a good long mile. But I did a lot of freelancing while still at UD and I learned to say “yes” to just about everything as long as it was ethical. Even though I might not be an expert in a particular subject, I at least had some familiarity and could move forward with a little training.

Freeman: We have a saying at Michaels that we hire for attitude and train for skills. If someone can at least carry themselves well, that’s half the battle. As a hiring manager, I know I’m not getting someone with a lot of prior experience, but I know that I can train the right person for the job.

The University of Dallas does not seem to have a high brand recognition, even in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. How have you explained UD to potential employers?

Victorine: It’s important to know your story. Explain to people that UD is a great, small university and tell them why you came here.

Harrell: The lack of recognition can be a negative but it can also be a real positive. You can tell your own story: “Here’s the kind of person I am because I went to UD,” instead of, “Oh, you went to Baylor, I know what you’re all about.”

Doherty: There are a lot of Ivy League grads in the The GE Capital Leadership program that I’m in. But because UD grads have proven themselves so well, there are more and more UD people in the program. UD people want to help UD people.

How did you gain the additional skills you needed to be successful in the job market?

Victorine: Take the first opportunity you can to get in the door of a good company, and then they will train you to do the job they want you to do. Big companies will teach you how to do the job.

Hyde: Think about what you would like to do, and then getting paid is the frosting on the cake. Look for companies that have a future and who are doing something good in the community.

Do you use your major in your job?

Freeman: Math at a liberal arts school is different from math at another college. I feel like I use my ability to think logically every day. I like having problems to solve. I would get bored otherwise.

Hyde: You’ll be surprised–you’ll use your major in unusual ways.

To make an appointment to talk about choosing a major or career field, click here.

 

 

 

 

Office of Personal Career Development Event Schedule – Fall 2017

Office of Personal Career Development Event Schedule – Fall 2017

While our events with additional details are posted on the University of Dallas calendar and on social media, we are providing a full roster of events currently on the OPCD calendar for fall 2017.  Whether you are a freshman, graduating senior, graduate student, or alumnus, we invite you to attend.

Many events require registration at bit.ly/opcdrsvp.

Mon., September 11, 3:00 to 4:30 PM – Gorman Faculty Lounge – You Majored in What? Professional Panel Q&A for ALL majors and all years in school. In attendance will be alumni with professions in these roles:

  • HR from Michaels
  • SVP from Bank of America
  • Financial Services from Fidelity
  • PR Communications from Jackson Spalding

Wed. September 13, 3:00 to 4:30 PM – SB Hall Multipurpose (Room 122) – Current Challenges to Religious Liberty (sponsored by the Politics Department) Presenting will be panelists from:

Family Institute of Connecticut
First Liberty Institute
In Defense of Christians

 

Thursday, September 14, 7:30 to 9:00 AM. Enjoy breakfast with our Religious Liberty panelists in Haggar.   A come-and-go event. Register online at bit.ly/opcdrsvp  No meal plan?  We’ll cover your costs.

 

Thurs. September 14, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – SB Hall Multipurpose (Room 122) – ADVANCE: Job, Internship, and Grad School Fair **please scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of organizations recruiting at the fair.

 

Mon., September 18, 3:00 to 4:00 PM – SB Hall Serafy (Room 138) – Southwest Airlines Recruiting Information Session

 

Fri., September 22, 12:00 to 1:00 PM – Gorman Faculty Lounge – Seton Teaching Fellows Information / Recruiting Session

 

Tues., September 26, 3:30 to 4:30 PM  – Gorman Faculty Lounge – University of Tulsa College of Law Information Session

 

Tues., October 10,  5:00 to 6:30 PM – SB Hall Serafy (Room 138)- Clare Boothe Luce Lecture featuring Dr. Sherry Yennello from TX A&M, sponsored by the Physics Dept.

 

Wed., October 11, 1:30 to 4:30 PM – the Mall (weather permitting – alternate location will be announced in the event of rain) – Vocations, Volunteer & Post-Grad Fair. Dozens of nonprofits and religious organizations on campus to seek student volunteers and to discuss post-graduate vocations and service gap-years. sponsored by Campus Ministry & OPCD.

 

Mon, October 16, 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM – Haggar Foyer (stop by anytime) – Baylor University School of Social Work Admissions Recruiting Table

 

Tues., October 17, 4:00 to 5:30 PM – SB Hall Serafy (Room 138) – Understanding Addiction and Stopping the Opioid Crisis (featuring special guest John Walters, former drug czar under Pres. Bush), sponsored by the Politics Department.

 

Thursday, October 19, 12:30 to 2:00 PM – Gorman Faculty Lounge – limited space, registration required. –Faith and Public Policy Lunch and Lecture (John Walters, former drug czar under President George W. Bush), sponsored by the Politics Department.

 

Friday, October 20, 6:00 to 11:00 PM – Augustine Hall, Lot F – Falloween Fest and 7th Annual Haunted House of Horrors, in collaboration with Alumni Relations, Academic Success, and Student Affairs.  Open to students, faculty, alumni, and families/friends of UD.  6:00 to 8:00 PM – Family friendly activities.  8:00 to 11:00 PM – Haunted House, open to guests ages 12+ (discouraged for guests under 18)

 

Monday, October 23, 6:30 to 8:00 PM – SB Hall Serafy (Room 138)- Chem Careers Professional Panel: From the Chemistry lab to the world of work, sponsored by the Chemistry Department and SMACS.

 

Thursday, November 9, 7:00 to 9:00 PM (film, q&a, reception) – Art History Auditorium – Presented by the Modern Languages Department, screening of “Tiramisu for Two.” The event is a projection of a feature film shot on location in Texas and Italy, followed by a talk on making an independent film by the Director and Producer of the Texan-Italian film “Tiramisu for Two”.

 

**Organizations at Job, Internship, and Grad School Fair on September 14:

20/20 Staffing
Academic HealthPlans
Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows
Casa de Esperanza
Catholic University of America MSBA Program
Chem-Aqua
City Year Dallas
Club Z! Tutoring
Department of Homeland Security – Internships
Enterprise Rent A Car – corporate
Founders Classical Academy of Flower Mound
Four Seasons Resort & Club
Geico
H&R Block
Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program
JCPenney
John Paul II Institute
Levy at American Airlines Center
MassMutual Dallas-Ft. Worth
Michaels
NCH
Power Home Remodeling
Prairie View A&M University, College of Business
Primerica
St. Mary of Carmel
TEKPROS
True Partners Consulting
University of East Anglia

 

UD Students Prepare for Internships at the Holy See

UD Students Prepare for Internships at the Holy See

They may not know exactly what to expect, but Maureen O’Toole and Teresa Sullivan will be well-prepared when arrive in Rome this month to begin their once-in-a-lifetime experiences as interns at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

In addition to taking the American Foreign Policy class this summer with Dr. Daniel Burns, O’Toole and Sullivan spoke with a number of foreign policy experts to give them insight into the important role embassies play in diplomacy.

Maureen O’Toole, Teresa Haney

One of these experts was Professor Mary Ann Glendon, former ambassador to the Holy See under George W. Bush and current professor at Harvard Law School, who answered questions for the class via conference call. Haney said that Professor Glendon gave them insight on the unique nature of her post and also what to expect during their time in Rome. “Professor Glendon emphasized the power of the Pope, who has no real political interest other than the protection of human dignity around the world,” Haney said. “This is what distinguishes the relationship between the United States and the Holy See from the US’s diplomatic ties with just about every other country.”

As part of Dr. Burns’ class, O’Toole and Haney also met with Amanda Schnetzer, Director of Global Initiatives at the George W. Bush Institute, and both mentioned that their supervisors at the embassy have been very helpful in helping them prepare for their roles.

Both Haney and O’Toole know that living on their own abroad and working full-time will be a new experience. “Having previously lived in Rome and having Dr. Hatlie and the rest of the Rome campus only a metro ride away, we know that adjusting to a new lifestyle won’t be too difficult, although I’m sure it will not be without its challenges,” O’Toole said.

Haney said that she is most looking forward to meeting with and shadowing the Foreign Service Officers at the embassy. “I am looking forward to learning about the various interests of the embassy and how we work with the Vatican to pursue them,” she said.

O’Toole said that she is looking forward to managing the embassy’s social media and writing their news products. “I am particularly interested in political journalism and I think this job will give me great experience in this field and a good idea of what to expect,” she said.

To receive mobile alerts about internship and job postings, click here.

Editor’s note: O’Toole and Haney heard about their internships through emails sent by Julie Jernigan, Director of UD’s Office of Personal Career Development. 

 

It’s Never Too Early to Visit the Office of Personal Career Development

It’s Never Too Early to Visit the Office of Personal Career Development

Welcome back to campus!

Now that you’ve survived the first week of classes, it’s time to get to know the Office of Personal Career Development.

No matter what year you are (we’re talking to you freshmen), OPCD can help guide you on the path to achieving your career and vocational goals.

What services does OPCD provide?

On Campus Events
Last year, OPCD hosted 91 events, featuring 129 unique speakers and employers on campus. This included speakers on academic topics, as well as panelists and alumni from nearly every career field. Many of our speakers and panelists represent employers who are already inclined to hire UD students after graduation or as interns. Click here to receive event alerts by email or text.

Job and internship search assistance
UD Career Link is the OPCD’s online database that gives students and alumni direct access to search for full-time, part-time, and internship positions. Students and recent graduates already have an account in CareerLink and can typically log in using their udallas.edu email as username and nine-digit ID number as password. Click here for a list of internship databases in addition to CareerLink.

And remember to OPT IN to receive mobile job and event alerts. You can choose which job categories interest you most.

If you’re still having trouble finding a job or internship, click here to make an appointment with an OPCD counselor.

Resume Help
Whether you’re applying for a job, an internship, grad school, or a prestigious scholarship or fellowship, OPCD can help you craft a resume that matches highlights your skills and experience. Click here to make an appointment for your resume review.

Guidance on Choosing a Career Field or Major
OPCD offers UD students Focus2, an online education and career interests assessment and planning tool. The online assessment will ask you a series of questions to gauge your interest in a variety of activities, then find the career fields and majors that best match your answers. Keep in mind, though, that Focus2 is just tool and not an absolute prescription for which path you should take. Contact Gaby Martin in our office for more information about Focus2.

GST 1117 Career Development
This course will help you develop techniques and strategies for identifying your fields of interest, developing your personal branding, and conducting an effective job search. You’ll learn to assess your marketable skills, research the marketplace, build a personal brand and develop a network of contacts. During the class, you’ll also learn how to write effective resumes and cover letters, as well as how to conduct yourself in an interview. Speak with your advisor or visit our website for more information about the class.

Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms and subscribe to our blog. We routinely publish career advice, information about jobs and internships, as well as posts highlighting your classmates who are achieving awesome things.

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John Posey: Member of
UD Alumni Advisory Panel
(Launching Soon)

John Posey: Member of
UD Alumni Advisory Panel
(Launching Soon)

The Office of Personal Career development is working with the Office of Alumni Relations to bring the expertise and advice of UD’s outstanding alumni network directly to students. When the panel goes live, UD students will be able to peruse the background of participating panelists and pose questions to alumni from a variety of career fields. Here’s one of our panel members.

John Posey

BA Politics, 1987
Career Sector: Public Service
Graduate Degrees: Master of Arts, Politics, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Master of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Current Job Title: Analyst IV
Current Employer: Legislative Budget Board

What career path led to your current position?

I studied public affairs at the LBJ school of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. I have been analyzing criminal justice data in one way or another since 1994 .

What kind of credentials, education, training, prior experience are needed to pursue this path?

A Master’s degree in politics or public affairs or statistics helps a lot. A person needs experiencing analyzing quantitative data.

How was your major and/or your degree from UD related to your current work?

My education at the University of Dallas taught me how to think, how to read, and how to write. Those three things go along way in any field, including this one.

Victoria Williamson: Member of UD Alumni Advisory Panel (Launching Soon)

Victoria Williamson: Member of UD Alumni Advisory Panel (Launching Soon)

Victoria Williamson

BA Psychology, 2013

Career Sectors: Healthcare, Technology

Graduate Degree: Master of Arts, Psychology
Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Current Job Title: Program Manager

Current Employer: Catalyst Health Network

What career path led to your current position?

I interned for a technology recruiting and professional services company during my final year of grad school. The VP of Professional Services was interested in my background in psychology. Once I completed my masters, he hired me to work with our technology teams. I became involved in our organizational training and client services programs. After two years, I joined a healthcare start up as their technology and program manager specialist. I’m currently working for this organization. I specialize in designing technology products and managing new product offerings.

What kind of credentials, education, training, prior experience are needed to pursue this path?

A bachelor’s degree is absolutely required. A master’s degree is strongly preferred, but could be acquired later. More than anything, you need a strong work ethic and a drive to solve any problem.

How was your major and/or your degree from UD related to your current work?

My background in psychology has proved invaluable. My employers specifically hired me for the psychological insights I bring to the table.  

Advice from an Entrepreneur
Flip Howard–Founder & President,
Meridian Business Centers

Advice from an Entrepreneur
Flip Howard–Founder & President,
Meridian Business Centers

A group of entrepreneurs spoke recently to students at the University of Dallas’ Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. This series will highlight their best advice for those interested in starting their own businesses.

Flip Howard
Founder & President
Meridian Business Centers

Meridian Business Centers has been a trusted resource for office space in Dallas and Houston since 2001 by providing premier office solutions at an accessible price. Their executive office suites, virtual offices, coworking, and meeting spaces offer considerable value with very low overhead to small businesses.

  • While my friends were working for minimum wage, I painted addresses on curbs and made twice that much. I started my first business–a laundry service–in college. Now I own several companies, but my main focus is buying, renovating, and then leasing office space to small companies.
  • Most people think you need do something nobody else is doing in order to be an entrepreneur. But that’s not true–just take something someone else is doing and do it better.
  • Many people (especially younger ones) get caught in “analysis paralysis.” If you have an idea, just do it! I’ve talked to too many people that said they had always wanted to start something but never did.
  • I failed a lot, but I always learned something. Don’t be afraid to swing and miss.
  • Most successful people aren’t necessarily smarter or harder working; they just have confidence in themselves. They may fail, but they don’t care. They see everything that happens as an experience.
  • Find your parents’ five most successful friends and ask them to meet with you. Find out how they got where they are and listen to what they tell you.