From Drake: A Lesson in Career Development
CGN is delighted to host Denise DeGennaro this week, a talented career advisor in higher education.
Yes, that Drake…rapper Drake. In his hit song “Started from the Bottom,” he recalls “livin at [his] momma’s house” and his journey to fame. The lyrics go “Started from the bottom, now we’re here.” For Drake, “here” is as a successful artist who has sell-out tours and hit songs on the radio. For you, “here” may be a different place – a dream job, a vision of success you have for yourself.
Given that I work in higher education, and love pop culture, this song (expletives aside) often comes to mind when I work with college students and chat with them about their career aspirations. Many students dream of becoming a doctor, or business executive, or lawyer (to name a few).
In some cases, students lose sight of the fact that it takes hard work beyond the classroom to achieve these dreams.
- Before you treat patients, you may have to work in a lab scrubbing out glassware, or volunteer at a hospital
- Before you claim the corner office with a view, you’ll likely have to do an internship that may not be as glamorous as you had imagined
- Before you take the floor of the courtroom, you might have to do some filing in a law office.
Basically what I am getting at is that you have to pay your dues, be the low girl on the totem pole for a while. For you Career Girls either just entering the work world or in the midst of changing careers, remember that your dream is attainable, but you need to do more than dream. Gear up, take action, and take a first step toward the career you want. Remember that your first job out of college is exactly that. Look for ways to contribute to your organization and show your skills and talents to position yourself to take the next step towards your dream career!
Denise DeGennaro is a student affairs professional who helps undergrad and graduate students in their transitions from school to career. She is dedicated to helping students succeed. She recieved her Master’s in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Beyond helping students, her professional interests include leadership development and the study of higher education organizations. Denise also enjoys all things girly: fashion, makeup, hair, and especially nail art!