Professional Identity

Professional Identity, Strategy

Success through Evasion


The career of a top chef in North Carolina has a great lesson for how to succeed against competition. The lesson: Don’t. The Path Katie Button exemplifies the meandering career path that we can so often only make sense of looking back in time. She began with a biomedical engineering Masters degree from L’Ecole Centrale

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Professional Identity

Why We’re All Artists


I’ve been watching a lot of food documentaries lately. As with most artists storytelling is everywhere. We take for granted that artists need to tell a story to prove the value of their work. Art is weird. It’s supposed to be unique and a mysterious human expression. Spreadsheets, generally less so. As a result, most

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Networking, Professional Identity, Strategy

When to Take an Internship


Internships can be an effective way to make a transition out of school or into a new career. But they aren’t always the right decision. Any internship you accept should be relevant to your ultimate career goal (i.e. next permanent position) in one of two ways: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities or Domain Expertise   In

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For Organizations, Professional Identity

Irish Dancing and Chinese Calligraphy


No you can’t, you probably shouldn’t try, and it almost certainly won’t work. “I tried and therefore no one should criticize me.” Students who have gone through the University of Chicago probably wouldn’t risk such blasphemy. Nor have they enjoyed a criticism-free education. In reality, most of us have gotten to the point where, secretly,

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