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While struggling to decide what to write about this week, an email came across my computer. So, as opposed to a list of tips, I am going to tell you a bit of a story and then some advice.

Let's backtrack. I am organizing a career night for education students this October. Part of my job is to make sure that students are aware of all career possibilities beyond the traditional classroom teacher in a public school. Hence, I am organizing a career night where I will host approximately 10 organizations seeking an educator skill set, offering students full-time, part-time, volunteer and internship opportunities. It has proven to be a great event over the last two years, especially during the fall semester when opportunities for educators tends to be a bit more challenging to find. It is an event that I am proud of hosting.

Last week, via email, I received negative feedback from a professional on campus about allowing a certain charter school organization into the event. This feedback was quite passionate and in my opinion was based loosely on studies reported in the media but more so based on this individual's value system. This individual not only went on to say that they did not approve of this organization but stated that they could not support the event. I could not help but think based upon what was told to me, that this person was steering candidates away from a viable and in many cases sought after career path in the charter schools.

So, my point in this entry is to remind you that your job search is yours - take ownership, do your own research and begin to learn to trust your own intuition. No matter from where you receive guidance, advice or information please verify its legitimacy and don't solely rely on one individual's opinion. It is your future, not theirs.

Suzanne Dagger
Director of Career Services
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

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