Today’s education system encourages students to learn and study for the next big standardized test. However, what they don’t always teach is the knowledge to prepare us for the ultimate “big test”. The test of surviving in the “real world”.
We interviewed Tim McDonald, Director of Community at the Huffington Post. He believes your knowledge should contribute to society and positively affect the workforce.
Do what you love and become a leader in that area. Students should gain real experience that will help them with their careers. All of us have experiences; we should use these experiences for the training and credibility that they provide.
When you are doing volunteer projects or a part time job at the local store, these are experiences that develop marketing skills. What are you trying to achieve while doing those things? What skills are you applying to your passions?
6 Tips from Tim McDonald:
- Help change the education system. It’s nearly the same as when he was in school. Students would benefit from individual experience as they prepare for the “real world”.
- Use your experiences from jobs, volunteering, being a member of a club or organization, etc. Anything that you have used in school to help you develop your goals for your career and life.
- Get involved! Do things that you are interested in while in high school. This will help you decide what you passion is, sooner rather than later.
- Be smart on social channels, as employers will look at these during the hiring processes, and throughout your employment.
- Become a thought-leader by starting a blog. Focus on the things that you want to be known for. Share your feelings and opinions about your topic.
- Set specific goals regarding what you want to achieve. Become the expert in your own field of passion.
About the Author
He is the host of the CoachYu show, a digital marketing certification program that partners together with industry professionals just like doctors, engineers, and teachers where people can get trained and have a job at the same time.
He has been building brands and teaching marketing for over 13 years.
Specializes in helping young adults to grow into the leaders of tomorrow, by confidently developing their marketing skills through training programs and seminars with enterprise clients like The Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone.
He developed the Technology Partner for Digital Marketing Agencies and Personal Brands. A RevShare Partnership Program that enables growing companies to stay competitive.
None of this would be possible without the generous support of partners such as DigitalMarketer, Social Media Examiner, Fiverr, GoDaddy, Keap, OmniConvert, Onlinejobs.ph, Tom Ferry, Barry Habib, and others who believe in training up millions of digital marketing professionals.
Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, Fox News, CNN, CBS Evening News and co-authored “Facebook Nation” – a textbook taught in over 700 colleges and universities.
Dennis is an internationally acclaimed speaker in Facebook Marketing who has spoken countless times in 17 countries, spanning five continents including keynote events at L2E, PubCon, Digital Agency Expo, Marketo Summit, and B2C Growth & Innovation Virtual Summit.
Besides being a data and ad connoisseur, Dennis enjoys eating spicy buffalo wings or might just spot him playing Ultimate Frisbee under the sun.
You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on one of his social accounts below.