Have you been lost without my pearls of wisdom for the past few days? Are you looking for more quotes to fill up your lackluster life to make it a bit more interesting? Well look no further! Here I am, again, to give you more quotes from not one, but two, books! WHAT?!?! That’s right, here are a few more quotes from The Craft of Research focusing on the drafting process and from Getting from College to Career about finding a job! Because really, who doesn’t like to discuss the inevitability of an uncertain future?
“Do not organize your report as a narrative of your thinking . . . Do not assemble your report as a patchwork of your sources . . . Do not map you report directly on to the language of your assignment” (177-178).
Here, Booth, Colomb, and Williams give pointers on how not to organize a huge report. I found these tips quite useful because I know that echoing the language of the assignment that you are given is a way to prove to your teacher that you know what you are talking about and that you want to sound smart. Fortunately for me, my capstone paper does not have a set topic from a teacher; I was able to pick my topic on my own. All of these tips are crucial to remember when putting together a paper.
“Create a page for each major section of your report” (182).
I honestly never thought to do this for a longer paper. I have done a version of this where I bolded section headings like in my capstone primary analysis, but I have never started a new page for each topic. I think that this would be very helpful for me to try to utilize when drafting my final capstone paper so that I can visualize the move from one topic to another and to get me focused on one topic at a time.
College to Career:
“Your first job isn’t the end-all, be-all. You should try some things out, and don’t be afraid to admit that something might not be right for you” (86). – Danielle Calnon Martin
I can’t tell you how much I am dreading the job search and how worried I am about finding the job that is “the one” right off the bat. Reading this quote helps me realize that I am not in the same boat and that it is entirely okay if my first job won’t work out. It’s not the end of the world (even though I probably will feel that way if that happens) and by seeing that, I feel like I will be able to open myself up to more job opportunities.
“Understand and promote your brand. Your personal brand tells a prospective employer what you can offer them that is unique and valuable. Be able to articulate what makes you distinctive professionally and personally in thirty seconds” (92). – Holly Paul
I have also worried a ton about being a prospective employee that is just like every other applicant and that all of those applicants have the same special skills that I have. Apparently, I worry way too much. To me, this reinforces the fact that I do have skills and experiences that set me apart from other applicants and that I just need to put those right up front so that my prospective employer can see how wonderful I am.
(this is how I really feel about the future)
Until next time.
explore. muse. create.
Annnnnnnndddd here are the sources . . . again:
Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Third ed. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2008. Print.
Pollak, Lindsey. Getting from College to Career. Revised ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2012. Print.