As a historian, and a filmmaker, I’ve studied the careers of many screenwriters, directors and others. As students, they do unpaid work under mentors (their instructors and more experienced students.) Normally, however, their first industry job is a paid one. Outside the film industry, I’ve seen something else. Sometimes, unpaid work does lead to a […]
Think about it. You’ve worked hard all week, doing your job. Or even all day. Finally, you have some time off, to spend with your family, or be alone, or learn a new skill. What are you going to do? Attend a seminar about your day job? Now, if you go to a networking event, […]
I like people who talk about themselves. It’s more interesting than politics, or academic philosophy. Let me know what you’re doing, what you’re struggling with, what your dreams are, and I can see whether we can help each other. Now, increasingly, more and more LinkedIn titles are meaningless. They are philosophical sales pitches that tell […]
We all receive rejections from time to time. Perhaps there are some masochists who enjoy the experience, but I’m not one of them. To add insult to injury, a few people feel the need to give mountains of unsolicited feedback in their rejection letters. Others are terse, with annoying cliches like “you’re not a good fit.” […]
You may think you know what to do with the future, but do you? Are you just going to stand there picking your nose all day? If so, Chinny McGringo has a word or two to say to you. If you can’t see the video for one reason or another, I’ll leave the following abridged […]
Thomas Woodrow Wilson’s name is often used to sell history degrees. Wilson was the only President ever to earn a PhD. Yet he didn’t learn to read until he was ten years old.