Blog #3: What Gives Worth to Works?

We will spend the next 40+ years working. That’s a dismal thought for a lot of college students in todays world. We finally get out of college, have a degree that is fresh off the printer, and then we are dropped straight onto the doorstep of the longest season of our lives. What makes working for 40 years’ worth it? How can we make these 40 years not a nightmare, or even be able to enjoy them? I think it all starts by knowing what you want in a job. Defining our criteria for a workplace allows us to eliminate all the noise from other job offers or openings and focus on what will be best for us and enable us to enjoy our endeavors. There are a lot of questions that we need to ask ourselves before we accept any job offer, such as:

  • Do the companies mission statements align with my own?

I don’t think its fair to work for a company that puts building a life for yourself and going against what you believe in, on opposite sides of the table. A company that sees issues from an opposite point of view as yourself puts you at a disadvantage and can stunt your growth. For me, if a company does not hold the same through political, environmental, or racial values as I do, I will be much more hesitant to work for them.

  • Where do I want to work?

I have always loved big cites. I have been able to travel to so many big cities like New York, Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, etc. The fast paced and social environments that are found in these cities has been in the back of my mind since I left. I think that working in one of these cities would provide me with a healthy life outside of work.

  • What would the commute look like?

Commuting is something that has been on the decline because of COVID, but I think that by the time I am out of college it would be back to the way things were. For me, I love driving so I would be willing to drive almost an hour to get to work and then back home. Driving is one of the ways that I can relax and let my mind wind down after a long day of work, So I would be fine driving to and from work.

  • How much do I want to get paid?

Let’s be real this is the first thing that comes to most college students minds when it’s time to get a job. Once I graduate, I want to be making $40,000 a year from salary. Once I have amassed a solid client base, I would like to be making in the 6-figure range annually. I don’t have the dream of multiple homes and cars, but I do want to have a comfortable life and be able to provide for the wants and needs of my family and loved ones.

  • How much opportunity for growth is there?

This is one area that I am not willing to negotiate. If there is no room for me to improve as an employee and gain skills that will benefit me in the future than I see no reason to pursue a career at that organization. As a college graduate almost every opening will have some area of growth available but in the future once I have a few years under my belt, if there is no further room for growth I will look for a new opening.

  • What do I want my coworkers to be like?

Coworkers are the people that you will spend the most time with outside of your house. I want to be able to have conversations with them about things outside of the office. From sports to travel to life, If I don’t see anyone that is interested in building a friendship outside of the office, I will not enjoy my time with that organization.

  • What do I want office life to look like?

Much like the coworkers, you will spend a lot of time in the office so what do you want it to look like? I want to have a place where I can make it my own, I want to be able to personalize it to make it feel less cookie cutter. I would also like for the office to have areas where coworkers can meet and converse that is less formal.

  • Am I able to work remotely?

COVID has shown us that working remotely is a possibility and that many people strive from working at home. I think that there are good things that come from both. I would love to be able to work remotely 2 days of the week and then come into the office for the other 3. Also being able to convert my place of work into a mobile or remote location is something I would like to have the option of.

  • Will I get PTO or overtime pay?

I am someone who likes to work and will work until I get the job done. Often times that means that I work obscure hours of the night when I get an idea of thin of an alternative way to solve a problem. I think that time over the 40-hour mark should be rewarded with additional pay. I also think that PTO is very important when considering a job offering. Even when you do everything right things can still go bad. Having the safety net of PTO is reassuring for when things go wrong.

  • Will this work be meaningful?

For me, I like knowing that what I am doing is benefiting others, so before I accept any job offering, I will need to know that I will be doing work that benefits others, not just myself. It doesn’t have to be saving the world or anything massive, but at the end of the day I want to be able to go home and think that I made someone’s day better.

  • Am I open to travelling for this job?

I love traveling so if I got to travel for work, I would enjoy it. I have been all around the world and have enjoyed doing stuff at everyplace I’ve been. I think that being able to travel for work would give me more excitement and pleasure from my work because it would give me a change of scenery.

  • Do I want routine in my work or spontaneous work?

I get really bored really quickly so if I am doing the same thing over and over, I will eventually get bored and have to move on from that job. If I had a job that allowed me to change scenery or work different hours, I think that would be ideal to fit my criteria. Also doing different tasks on occasion would be another way to reduce the monotony of work.

  • What are some tasks that would excite me?

I love working with money, investing mainly, whether it’s in stocks, bonds, real estate, automotive, whatever I love doing it. I think that if I was able to find a job that allowed me to invest and work with portfolios it would be something that I would not only enjoy doing, but I would be very good at doing it.

  • What type of leadership style do I prefer?

I like a leader who will guide me and point out when I am wrong, not just when I do something right. I want a leader who will show me how to do it and then let me try a few times on my own. A leader that is always down my throat and in my work only slows my progress and limits my productivity.

  • Will this job make me a better person?

This is one of the most important questions I ask myself when looking a job offers. I don’t want to get to the point in my life where I’m coming home and feeling empty after work. This is also one of the hardest questions to answer because only you can answer it. If something makes you a better person, it might not make someone ese a better person too.

A personal criterion for what you are looking for in a job is vital not just to help you choose a job, but also to help confirm that the job you chose is the right one. These are just the questions that I ask myself and have found helpful to consider. What are the questions you think are most important to use to build a personal criteria?

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Blog #2

How’s it going everyone? Hope you are all doing well! Creativity is not a word that people who know me would use to describe me. I’m like to look at things how they are and go about my business in conventional ways. Oxford Languages defines creativity as “the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.” I would say that I define creativity as the process of making things your own. Being creative is taking something bland and making it not. Taking a blank sheet of paper and turning it into a piece of art, or in my case a simple paper airplane. Creativity is important in almost every avenue of life because it’s what makes you who you are.

In writing this is no different. Being creative makes your works your own and with enough creativity, it makes them memorable. Creativity isn’t something that just comes naturally to everyone. It takes time and a lot of practice to build a creative sense of writing. The best way I’ve learned to build confidence in writing is to just pull up a blank document and then go to work on it. At first it seems a little silly to be writing a paper that no one is going to read, especially in college I don’t want to write any more than I have to. At the end of it however, you can look back and read through it and see areas that you are bland and bring and then think of ways to make it more creative through rearranging, rewording, or just redoing it. Another way to make this process of becoming more creative is to write about things that you are passionate about or love doing.

For me, I love sports, everything about them. Playing, watching, researching, debating, or just listening to them are all very enjoyable to me. I played basketball and soccer in high school and since I’ve graduated, I’ve played in more intermural leagues than id care to admit. Sports are something that I have been doing since I was little, and I couldn’t imagine not being able to play and I don’t know what I would do with my time if I couldn’t play them anymore. I don’t really know how I can bring this passion I have into writing, but I guess I could just bring the energy that sports give me to write more energetic papers and articles.

One thing that I took away from the book was the part about being active and stepping away from your computer. I hate sitting around, being inactive and immobile is not an enjoyable experience for me. I also really love being productive.  So, reading about how you have to step away to really connect to our work and then this benefiting our work was really encouraging. I also really liked how it said, “Work that only comes from the head isn’t any good”. I took this to mean that, with anything that you do, you can’t just sit there and think about it. You have to let it marinate. Like cooking, if you just sit there and season the chicken, the outside will be amazing, but the inside doesn’t get the same love. But if you marinate it, let the juices sink in and get infused with the meat, then its good all the way through. The same is true with writing, once I finish a paper, I’ll take some time and step away from the work and then come back later to see if I still like it. I don’t think that there was anything that I disagreed with in this book. I thought that the points made were all valid and I benefited from reading it.

Personal Introduction

Hey everyone! I hope that everyone is having a great first week of classes and that everything is going smoothly. My name is Josiah Frost, I’m a junior but this is only my second semester at NC State. I transferred from Wake Tech Community College after getting an associate of Arts LAST spring. I’m majoring in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration. The end goal is to work at a money management firm like Fidelity, Charles Schwab, or another money management firm. I have been working at one of my family friends’ ice cream stores since I was 16. I have always had a fascination with the way that money works. I have also met with a few professionals who are in this field and everything that they have said has caught my eye and made me even more interested in this type of work. I have been working since I was 16 at an ice cream store in North Raleigh. I think that started working when I was that young allowed for me to gain a motivation that might not have developed had I spent my time in other ventures. In my short time there I was allowed to manage a store for a few months before a permanent manager was found, I also was moved into a role that allowed me to have more freedom as to when I would work during the day.

            I would say I have a neutral relationship with writing. I don’t love writing, and there have been times when it’s the last thing I would ever want to do, but I wouldn’t say it’s because I am a bad writer. I think a big part of my relationship with writing is, honestly, like anything else, if I’m not interested or engaged in what I’m writing about my writing can be dry, and then I’m not proud of it. This then leads me into being frustrated because I like to do my best on everything and when I feel like I can do better I want to redo it until I’m sure I’ve done my best. I do think, however, that I am able to express myself most clearly through writing and that through writing I can often draw most clearly what I am thinking or feeling. I try not to rely on my emotion to write too much because I think that it can get messy relatively quickly; so, I try to think through what I want to communicate before I jump off into writing. Another way that I am able to “express my creativity” is through sports. I have loved sports since I was a kid, and that love hasn’t faded as I’ve grown up. It doesn’t really matter what sport I’m playing; I just love finding new ways to play the games I have loved. Even when I’m just talking about sports with some friends, I like to find new areas that haven’t been covered in our conversations.

            My MBTI type was an ISTJ. I think that it did an alright job, I’ve taken so many of these tests that I almost knew what was going to happen before I submitted it. My results come in one of four ways: ISTJ, INTJ, ESTJ, or ENTJ. I can be either an introvert or an extrovert at any given moment, it all depends on who is around and, in all honesty, how much energy I have already expended that day. If I haven’t really done anything then any interaction, I get I’ll be an extrovert. If I’ve been busy, then I’m more likely to lay low and let others carry the conversation; but if no one will then I am always happy to jump in and contribute to get it started back up. MY goals for this class are simple, I want to earn an A, which I think everyone wants. I also want to take the opportunities that are presented to learn more about how to communicate effectively in a business setting. I’m also looking forward to building connections with some professionals in the fields that I want to work in.