Written by: Clarissa Huffman
Sociology Level III
As social sciences students, I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Experiential Education office and the emails that they send frequently. One of the recurring things they do for us as students is something called a ‘Career Conversation’, which is exactly what it sounds like – a group of students come to a meeting with an established professional, listen to him/her talk about their position and how they got there, tips and tricks for the field, and students have the opportunity to pick the brains of these professionals who so nicely put aside time to come and give us advice.
One of the things I hear often is this: “But why should I go? He’s not talking about anything I know about, or even anything I’m interested in learning. He’s not even working in my preferred field!!” Last week, I decided to put this statement to the test, to discover if I could learn anything new by listening to someone speak about their experiences in a field VERY different from the career I’d like to pursue. The conversation I went to was with an Associate Director at RBC. If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know that I’m a geography student, so banking and finance is most DEFINITELY not my thing. But I’ll let you in on a secret – I learned a lot!!
So what did I learn from listening to somebody talk about their experiences in a discipline so very different from mine??