Often times, people can not tell the difference between career and job. Having a job does not mean you have a career. You may have had several jobs but still have no career. Having a career means that your educations, jobs, and also experiences are all within the same field. So, you may have worked in different companies with some experiences but still have no careers because all of the jobs are not within the same field.
In terms of which one is better, there is no right or wrong answer to that. However, if you have a specific goal as in where you want to be 10 or 20 years from now, it is really important for you to do reverse engineering and build a career path to take you where you want to be!
During our meeting with Singer Lewak, we had the privilege to have Eric Corriveau and John Nguyen as our guest speakers. We had a priceless experience hearing about Eric’s and John’s career path and journey. The best part is that we got to learn from two different journeys as Eric has been working with Singer Lewak and stayed with the firm for a long time until now and John had the experiences of working in different firms. We got to see two different perspectives that are both equally inspiring. We learned from Eric that staying at the same company would help us showcase our loyalty and beyond that, it would help raise our own value. On the other hand, John’s career path journey was also as inspiring as Eric’s journey. John started his career journey with JP Morgan Chase and worked there for more than 4 years and then he moved on in working at different firms until he got into SingerLewak. John also mentioned that millennials have the tendency to move to different companies after awhile. It is good to explore but John reminded us that we have to stay for at least 2 or 3 years before we decide to move on to a different company. The reason why it is important to stay for a little while is that you need to show your future employer(s) your loyalty to the company.
Another thing that we learned is that we should not limit our career opportunities to on-campus recruitments. We have to expand our job search outside our school territory. John brought up a really insightful point about having a polished LinkedIn. He also shared that he got his current job at SingerLewak through LinkedIn. We also learned about the hidden LinkedIn feature many people don’t know about that will allow the recruiter to see if you are seeking for a job and would enable them to find you and reach out to you for job opportunities!
Thank you so much for those attending our meeting and below is the picture of this meeting in case you missed it! 🙂