This weekend I had the pleasure of hanging out with some awesome RIT students and alumni at BarCampRochester3. I led a discussion on widgets and the social aggregator. Clearspring was also one of the sponsors.
I had a fantastic time. Kudos to the organizers. Word is they’re going to try and do 2 BarCamps next year. That’s awesome!!!!!!!!
Not to sound like the all knowing college graduate but if I could impart just one piece of wisdom to folks who are currently in college it’d be to start thinking earlier about your personal brand.
There is a “global neighborhood” out there that is discussing the same ideas that you’re into. Get out there and join the conversation.
When you’re in college, it’s super easy to think that it is your world. College can feel very insular. Before too long you have to get out in the world and your voice competes with the rest of the world.
So… some practical tips:
Go to Vista Print or if you’re a hipster MooCards and get some business cards. Everytime you meet someone, it’s the opportunity to start a new relationship and having sometype of way to connect with eachother at a later date is SUPER important.
Start a blog. I think it’s the best way to join in the on going conversation that’s happening. Personal Web sites are becoming part of your personal identity. They represent you just as much as how you dress for an interview.
Seek out people outside of your university who’re in your industry. Go to something like a Meetup.com or go find a business leader that you respect and talk to them. The more you make the connections and the relationships outside of your university early the better off you’ll be after you graduate.