Sophomore Group Mentoring leader Zachary Blackwood would like to thank his peers and group mentors for yet another excellent group mentoring meeting. He feels that they certainly learned a lot during the meeting. Following are the meeting minutes:
How is the Pope stepping down going to affect you and the business world?
- It is noble of him to do so
- Doesn’t really affect me or the workplace
- Won’t really affect the workplace
- There aren’t too many catholic companies or companies that have catholic themes
Did anyone try the challenge of giving up technology for 24 hours?
- After the hurricane, it gave everyone a sense of a community
- Also by not having television, you didn’t have to see the damage from the storm
- Part of the reason of taking the hiatus was to stop the onslaught of the wave of information coming at you
- Television did not used to be driven by profit driven initiatives
- You can choose to take a break from the media outlets trying to get your eyes on the television and your heart racing
- Information used to be more factual, now it’s more mayhem and drama
- News is more manipulative than it was in years passed
How do you go about finding more balanced news sources?
- Look up websites and cruise the articles to find the diversity in articles
Any specific examples of manipulation?
- There’s tons of office politics constantly in play
- Know yourself and what you feel is right
- Have sounding boards/mentors to help you
- Don’t be afraid to ask about the leadership board, its style
- During interview
- Try to get an idea of how congenial the company is
- Ask open ended questions
- At times I chose not to say something
- Just go along with it
- What to do if you speak out against it?
- One of the great things of this program is you get to practice things
- Taking initiative, exploring, speaking out
- Take the opportunity to take a risk
- Glassdoor website
- Like the “yelp” of the workplace
- Ask what the employees do in the off hours
- Gives a sense of culture
- Be prepared with questions!
Have you ever talked to peers at the companies you were interviewing at?
- I just recently did this at an interview
- Reached out to the contact I was given
- I have done it and coached a lot of people to do it
- Especially when you’re on the fence
- Frame a question differently, set yourself apart
Recently read an article that intermittent breaks are better for productivity. What are companies leaning towards?
- Previous companies have said don’t sit at your desk all day, go out for lunch
- Work life balance
- Don’t want to get burned out at a job
- Ask the right questions before you go in
- Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people
- Don’t rush them, be respectful of their schedule of busyness
- Think about setting something up in the future
- Dress at the level of the company and one notch higher