I have a degree in arts media design, but I have been unable to find a job. Can you advise me on what type of job I should look for in order to make the most of my talents? Or, if I return to school, what course I should pursue to make my resume more attractive to employers?
My friend, that is like asking me to help you find someone who is going to love you for who you are, or what new skills you should acquire to make someone more interested in you. Now, let’s translate that to the workplace. It is less about the degree or your resume, and more about how you translate your experiences and skills into what you want to do. That’s not for someone else to figure out. It starts with you working it out. There are resources to help — practically every school has a career center. Visit them. Ask your professors and do some research. The possibilities are great, but you need to have focus and ideas so that you can put together a strategy.
I was exceptionally unhappy to read your reply regarding the man whose colleagues were “disappointed” in his behavior one evening after meals and drinks. You immediately assumed that he had done something inappropriate for which he should apologize. Really? Based on what evidence? I do realize that in today’s overly sensitive, dictatorial atmosphere, apologies can be demanded for telling the truth, or even for no reason at all other than that the hearer was “offended.” I hope you knew more details about this situation than you revealed in the column. If not, I am disappointed.
Take a deep breath. Can’t we all just get along? Saying sorry doesn’t hurt — if you haven’t tried it in a while, give it a go. It might even make you feel better. Even if you don’t think you did anything wrong, you can still feel badly that someone misconstrued your actions and say sorry and that you meant no harm. Just like you can say, “I’m sorry, Greg, for thinking only overly sensitive dictators require apologies.” Or, “I’m sorry, Greg, for coming across as a bit of a jerk because of how frustrated I got.” Say it with me: Ssssoooorrrry! See? That wasn’t hard, was it?
Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a chief human resources executive. E-mail your career questions to email@example.com. Follow Greg on Twitter: @greggiangrande. His Go to Greg podcast series is available on iTunes.