Luiz Rosa Nanini
ISM- Weekly Report
10 October 2016
Weekly Report 10/3 to 10/9
This past week has ignited in me a new fervor to continue trying my absolute best in this course. In past Weekly Reports I have mentioned how I have struggled in ISM, but this week, to me, showed my strengths for the course. That was mainly due to my second interview and the Business Symposium. Besides that, I scheduled another interview and completed my Smart Goals worksheet.
The Business Symposium was by far my best experience in ISM. There I was able to explore being in a professional environment in a way I had never before explored. Being interviewed and sharing my resume did not feel difficult, and I felt no pressure what so ever. I, in all honesty, just had a conversation with the interviewers. I was genuine in my responses, revealing both my strengths and weaknesses.
The feedback I received was incredibly reassuring. I was told I sold myself well, my resume was good, and most interestingly, that by revealing my doubts I humanized myself. All interviewers mentioned how I told them about my indecision when it came to deciding my future. I simply told them, “I want to follow my passions and see where they lead me.” To that the interviewers responded well. They told me it was a unique response. That it gave me flexibility, and it humanized me, “in a way that will an employer would be willing to give [me] a chance.” This insight in how I portrayed myself to the interviewers increased my self-confidence. Admittedly, after talking to Mr. Speice, I should have asked for some criticism as well. Though overall, I had a great time in the Symposium and learned a lot about how I portray myself to others.
Another thing of note that happened this week was my second interview. I had the interview two hours after the Business Symposium, so I was in an incredibly good mood. I think that was contagious because Mrs. Greenoe, the painter I interview, was incredibly forthcoming in her responses to my questions. It was a call interview, but it felt more personal than my first interview. Mrs. Greenoe shared her story with me and everything to do with art that impacted her life, differently than Mr. Kelley did in my first interview. Which did not necessarily make the interview better, it only made it feel like a conversation, rather than an interview. What was great about Mrs. Greenoe, is that she is coming back to art after years of being away from it, so she had a unique perspective of how to get into the art scene. In all, it was an incredible experience to learn from such a talented artist.
This week highlighted my strengths and it gave me new purpose to the course. It has given me the encouragement to try harder and to really improve upon the course. I want to use my strengths more and keep trying to get more interviews and work on talking with others. That does not mean I have forgotten to work on my weaknesses though. I know I need to work on my writing and work ethic in class. I will definitely work on improving those skills while I work on highlighting my strengths.