Something happened a couple of weeks ago that really made me pause and think about myself and whether I do certain things only because others do them.
Basically, quite a few classmates and friends of mine decided that they weren’t going to pursue a major/minor in Accounting anymore. Which is fine, of course. Everybody should study what they think is best for them.
However, it freaked me out a bit. These were the same group of friends that I had taken Accounting courses with for the past 2 years. And now they were switching majors, which meant I was going to take Intermediate Accounting 3 by myself next semester.
Suddenly, I felt…isolated. I started to wonder how I would be able to get through the next 2 years of accounting without them.
But I’m grateful that my friends did what they did, because it made me realize that I was in the right place for me. Even though I was sad about their decision, I realized that I didn’t have any desire to do the same and drop accounting.
In fact, I’m really looking forward to Federal Taxes this fall.
Last week, I attended a conference for women that was hosted on my college campus. I had the opportunity to attend hour-long sessions on topics ranging from Elevator Pitches to Negotiation to Increasing Productivity.
Of all that I learned, here is what stuck with me the most:
Our minds are made to process information, not store it. If we don’t have a process for organizing information elsewhere, we tend to feel overwhelmed more easily.
Men tend to be more comfortable with elevator pitches because they aren’t uncomfortable bragging about themselves.
Women tend to suffer from the “Imposter Syndrome”, where they don’t believe that they deserve the success they have received.
The best elevator speeches have sufficient examples and facts to back up the qualities that you claim to have.
Some periods of our growth are so confusing that we don’t even recognize that growth is happening. We may feel hostile or angry or weepy and hysterical, or we may feel depressed. It would never occur to us, unless we stumbled on a book or a person who explained to us, that we were in fact in the process of change, of actually becoming larger, spiritually, than we were before. Whenever we grow, we tend to feel it, as a young seed must feel the weight and inertia of the earth as it seeks to break out of its shell on its way to becoming a plant. Often the feeling is anything but pleasant. But what is most unpleasant is the not knowing what is happening. Those long periods when something inside ourselves seems to be waiting, holding its breath, unsure about what the next step should be, eventually become the periods we wait for, for it is in those periods that we realize that we are being prepared for the next phase of our life and that, in all probability, a new level of the personality is about to be revealed.
This was something I read about in a book a few months ago, and it came in handy today when I was submitting an application online.
If you ever have to e-mail somebody a copy of your resume, don’t send it as a Microsoft Word file. Save it as a PDF file, and then send it to potential employers. It just tends to look a bit more professional that way.