Chris Palmer talks to Alexander “The Engineer” Lim, host of AuthorStory by alvinwriter.com about his latest book, Now What, Grad? Your Path to Success After College.
“Success in life is about getting fulfilled.” ~Chris Palmer
Chris notes that the present generation of college graduates looks too much “at screens,” or preferring dealing with people through a phone or a laptop, rather than dealing with them physically face-to-face, which includes shaking hands, meeting other peoples’ eyes and conversing. He also remarks that employers are looking for employees who have such soft skills, such as showing up on time, having a good attitude, know how to collaborate, are creative, ethical and resilient. Chris recommends college students to look for someone who could be a suitable mentor for them, which requires courage and hustle, to guide them. He also recommends that college students join student organizations, and, in particular, leadership positions in these, as these can be highlighted in their resumes to show prospective employers that they can take initiative.
Chris remarks that having a “growth mindset,” wherein one realizes that one’s skills are never fixed and that one needs to learn more, is very important to becoming a lifelong learner, and noted that the people who succeed in life are those who make lots of offers and keep their word.
Where looking for a job is concerned, Chris recommends that graduates do so by creating a list of organizations that the graduate wants to work for, then do an Internet search on what these companies do. That done, the graduate should apply, and Chris remarks that doing both online and real-world applying, which involves actually going out to where the company is and submitting one’s resume in person, are important. He notes that applicants will be rejected more often than not, as this is part of the game, and recommends going through the route of an informational interview on getting some career advice.
Where interviews are concerned, Chris states that being tense is a good thing, as this enables top performance, making one alert and energetic. He also recommends having a few questions handy, which requires that the applicant do research on the company he is applying for, as well as listen carefully and respond properly. Chris remarks that it is okay to reply, “I don’t know the answer to that question, but I know where to find it,” and that the applicant should enjoy the interview, noting that an interviewer will feel positively towards enthusiastic people whom they feel they can work with.
Chris remarks that a graduate taking some time off to find oneself, to do such things as travel or join the Peace Corps or participate in other activities, other than just sitting around and watching TV, is a good thing to do. He strongly recommends that people write out their personal mission statement which encompasses what that person stands for, what is important to that person, and this mission statement will enable one to find the career that suits him.
Chris notes that writing the book made him realize that professors and parents have a big responsibility to help out younger people thrive and grow in the real world, remarking that what they learn in college isn’t enough to enable them to do so. He encourages people to think about the design of their lives, or what kind of life they want to create, and to create their own, personal mission statement based on this. Chris’ next two books are about fathers helping daughters, and about death.
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