By Rob Starr, Big4.com Content Manager
Jamie Peretz is the founder of 2MyCareer, a consulting service assisting ambitious college students and recent graduates in navigating the transition from academia to a rewarding career. She’s been a managing director at Korn Ferry International and an investment banker at Credit Suisse and JP Morgan and her education includes a BA from Princeton University, an MBA from NYU and a JD from Georgetown University. She’s been interviewed before by Big4.com on best practices for those looking to launch their careers.
Her first piece of advice in our most recent installment centered around exercising caution
and discretion when building an online resume.
“It’s a good idea to open a LinkedIn site after your first summer job,” she says. “After that, as time goes by, you should continue to build your profile of skills, experiences, successes and recommendations.”
Peretz is quick to point out the focus here needs to be purely business-oriented.
“Your LinkedIn page is almost as important as your resume, so treat it accordingly,” she says-adding nothing should be posted anywhere, at any time, which might lead a potential employer to question your character or judgment.
She also says creating a “personal narrative” is a process each student can focus on so they have a complete picture of their studies, interests, extracurriculars, jobs and internships, and volunteer work by the time they graduate.
“The idea here is to wind up with an articulable story of why you are now prepared for a particular entry level career.”
Above all, the former attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop stresses students need to have a personal stake in the areas they pursue because it is impossible to be good at something you have no passion about.
“This needs to be part of your narrative and it must ring true,” she says. “It has to reflect your interests – which lead to your experiences – which lead to the decisions that you make and the career paths that you explore. Of course, over time, your interests and career will evolve – but there will be a central path that endures and strengthens.”
Exploring and taking risks is another ingredient for career success and new activities and different types of classes are suggested as ways to widen your horizons. Peretz says the people sitting around you in classes can be a window to experiences that will spill over into the business world later on.
“Your classmates are likely to be from all over the world and from all swaths of life, and forging these friendships may be one of your best opportunities to learn cultural dexterity – which is important for all individuals – and most businesses as well,” she says.