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College to Confidence

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College to Confidence

  1. 1. College to Confidence My paths and better practices by Drew Stone
  2. 2. Certificate of Excellence in Filmmaking -Seattle Film Institute 2001 Bachelor of Arts double-major in Media and Communication Studies; Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior - UW Bothell 2014 Master of Communication in Communities and Networks -UW Seattle 2016
  3. 3. 1. It’s OK to Quit! Get out while the gettin’s good. When the circumstances are right, feel free to exit on your own terms. ➔ New opportunities It’s easier to have something lined up. ➔ Culture mismatch You do good work when you’re happy. ➔ Be empowered to trust your gut The person who you are is made of the things you have done. You do you,
  4. 4. What career will you devote your life to? Name your dream job.
  5. 5. Jobs will change! You will always have your dreams, share them with others. Tip There’s no promise that anything will work out. Sharing your vision for your own future helps others see you there as well.
  6. 6. Tip Being comfortable with uncertainty is a useful skill, personally and professionally. DAFUQ?
  7. 7. 2. Know Thyself You’re still the expert on you, so if you have questions, ask for help early and often. ➔ Take ownership Owning what you know and don’t know shows confidence, even if it doesn’t feel like it. ➔ Show up without expectations We have a tendency to imagine things are better or worse than they actually are. Decide with as much information as you can.
  8. 8. Meet Drew. He has always wanted to be an artist. When adults would ask him as a kid, he responded that he “wanted to be an artist” when he grew up. They would laugh, saying “But what are you going to do for money?”
  9. 9. He’s an artist. He never stopped being an artist, and channeled art into everything he did. Because he knew that was what he wanted to do.
  10. 10. He found ways to have work and do art at the same time.
  11. 11. UW Bothell IT Lots of experience in a work setting using Art tools for three years in the DML and Production Services.
  12. 12. foundry10 Bringing it together as a contractor for local edtech company, doing painting lessons, after-school art programs, and mentorship of young film students. Tip This is another experience where I learned that asking for help early and often is a great way to go to be successful.
  13. 13. Pixelkin An awesome startup focused on games and gaming news for families. It’s OK to move on This is a great group, but expectations I had about the role were not the reality, and I moved on.
  14. 14. Blueprint Consulting My favorite office job to date! Know Thyself I was attracted to the culture and core values of this company, and gave suggestions to help make it even better.
  15. 15. cut2it A media platform for showcasing, collaborating, and monetizing on user-generated media content. Have boundaries This is a great startup with a lot of potential, and I learned to better represent myself, and establish contracts prior to work, for engagement to be successful.
  16. 16. Tasveer Using communication and understanding of the arts process helps me be a valuable asset to the team.
  17. 17. 3. Persistance Keep at it, and always try new things. ➔ Hang out in interesting spaces As things can change quickly, having places to move your energy is helpful in keeping momentum and a positive attitude ➔ Constantly build connections Showing up where you want to be (whether or not if you feel you belong) is a great way to connect with the people who are where you are headed
  18. 18. What’s next: Communications Manager at a local VR company? Product Marketing Manager in online security education?
  19. 19. 4. Better practices Know what works for you, and try new things! These have worked for me: ➔ It’s OK to quit Have boundaries about the things you are most passionate, and stick to them. ➔ Know thyself Avoid making decisions to just “follow the money”. Trust your gut. ➔ Be persistent It’s your future! Make it happen, even if it doesn’t seem to be happening yet.
  20. 20. Thank you for your time Let’s stay connected: @stonedrew @stonedrew_
  21. 21. Questions?

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