Last time, I promise! (For this month at least). I need you – yes YOU, the person reading this – and your intelligence to give me some feedback on the table of contents I have put together. Firstly, I want to say thank you to everyone who gave me feedback and input – there was about 20-30 of you, and you really made a difference! Secondly, I want to ask you all again – read the following table of contents and give me your opinion (via email, Facebook, LinkedIn or comment). I tried to answer all the questions that plagued me, but I might have missed some areas. So let me know!
The bold lines are the sections, with everything below that and indented a chapter. The idea is that it is written in a fragmented mode – a student can turn to any section or specific chapter and read it independently – it can also serve as a reference guide (i.e. I am about to interview, I go read the interview 101 chapter). Anyway, here it is:
· Life is About to Change.
o You’re Not in Kansas Anymore Dorothy.
o Complete Freedom – Understand Your ‘Beta’
o Your Life Over the Next Four Years (and beyond).
· The Student Lifestyle: Things You Need to Know.
o Financial (Getting a Bank Account, Setting a Budget, Cash is King, Understand Interest).
o Food (You are What You Eat, Healthy Alternatives, First Year, Post First Year, Watch Where You Spend It)
o Social (First Year is Friend Year, Choosing Roommates, Don’t be Shy, Get Out There, Watch Out for Relationships)
o Physical (Get Some Exercise, Join a Team/Intramural, Watch your Health).
· Your Academic Career.
o Everything You Need to Know About Picking Courses.
o No More Homework.
o Understand Your Learning Style.
o Get the Most Out of a Lecture.
o When to Use a Study Group.
o Studying vs. Cramming: Tips and Tactics.
o Everything You Need to Know About Finals.
· What They Won’t Teach You at University.
o It’s More Than How Smart You Are.
o Mentors: Why, How, When.
o Ideas Don’t Matter, Execution Does.
o Before Your First Job, Marks Matter.
o After Your First Job, Marks Don’t Matter.
o How to Set Goals – and How to Keep Them Current.
o The Two Most Important Skills: Reading and Networking.
o Build Your Network Early.
o Developing a Vision for Your Life.
o Success is Not Required.
· The Complete Guide to All Things Employment
o Resume 101.
o Cover Letter 101.
o Your Transcript – Know Your Story.
o Getting an Interview.
o Everything You Need to know About an Interview.
o Following Up – the Differentiator.
o Your First Internship.
o Corporate Life.
o Internship Takeaways.
o Get to Know Your Boss.
o Additional Internship’s – Mapping the Path.
o Internships: Leave your Mark.
o Turn an Internship into a Full Time Job.
o Mapping out Your Summers.
o Applying for Fulltime Jobs – Strategies.
· Discovering YOU.
o The Most Important Thing to do at University: Discover You.
o Steps to Help Discover Your Passion.
o Try Everything You Can.
o Don’t Listen to Others.
o Break the Mold.
o Talk to Everyone You Can.
· Achieving Personal Success: The Differentiating Factors.
o Work Ethic.
o Attention to Details.
o People Skills
· Lessons from the Other Side.
o I Wish I Had Known: Pay vs. Experience.
o I Wish I Had Known: Mentor/Boss vs. Position/Title.
o I Wish I Had Known: Marks Matter.
o I Wish I Had Known: Under Promise, Over Deliver.
o I Wish I Had Known: You Really Can Fail
o I Wish I Had Known: Failure is Universal, Recovery is Unique.
o I Wish I Had Known: Chase Passion, Not Pay.
o I Wish I Had Known: A Dream Job is Rarely Discovered by Accident.
o I Wish I Had Known: University is an experience, not a process.
o I Wish I Had Known: Why You Should Do Something Extra-Curricular.
o I Wish I Had Known: Leverage Your Strengths, Manage Weaknesses.
o I Wish I Had Known: Learn how to Learn.
o I Wish I Had Known: Focus on the Process, not Results.
o I Wish I Had Known: How to Study.
o I Wish I Had Known: Beware the Bird Course.
o I Wish I Had Known: Perspiration is More Important than Inspiration.
Please give me any feedback you might have, before I start writing! Thanks again everyone!