- "There is no zenith" - as you reach your goals, keep setting newer and higher ones.
- "Change as you go" - be willing to adapt to take advantage of opportunities.
- "Have your bags packed" - take measured risks, and be ready to move (there's generally more and better opportunities available elsewhere)
- "Be the Jack Kerouac of the digital age" - "forget the path you have been sold and make your own"
- "Everyone has their own parents' basement to move out of" - get out of whatever rut you're in.
- "I must always demand what I want in order to get where I want" - (from a young Muslim woman in the Middle East) - don't wait for opportunities to present themselves; make your own opportunities and learn how to sell your ideas.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Advice from young journalists
I've been a fan of Susannah Breslin's Pink Slipped blog on ForbesWomen, which often features stories and advice on how to survive in the modern journalism job market. About a year ago, she offered young female journalists an opportunity to be paid for contributing a blog post/article. Last week, she reached out to the six finalists to find out what they've learned in the year since, and what advice they might have for other young would-be journalists beginning their careers. Here's the quips Breslin pulled out, but the whole set of replies and post are worth a read.