Interview: Karen Spriggs, Business, Career, and Technology Dean, Tidewater Community College

Interview: Karen Spriggs, Business, Career, and Technology Dean, Tidewater Community College

Interview: Karen Spriggs, Business, Career, and Technology Dean, Tidewater Community College

Recipetips: Want to know what your children need to do today to be successful tomorrow?

“Successful People Are the Processers, Not the Producers”

Most students graduate with the intention to “be a producer” or create something from nothing. This is their instant success mindset, and it should really be their side goal, not their goal itself.

Most career-focused colleges call what we should be “successful people,” and these people usually graduate with a specialization. Career-focused classes are not the same as preparing for everyday work: these are tools you take into everyday life.

Most parents are not real college students so they may not have taken a career-focused class. Career courses are about taking big steps to earn something. The real thing is often a combination of financial and professional preparation. That is why career-focused classes always call what we should be successful in our job the “producers.”

What we should be is “processers.”

Processing enables our being to take small and complicated steps to achieve long-term goals. As humans, we aren’t very good processers, and this is a major problem.

Getting started in a career is an intimidating process, and it is usually a process of creating a resume, applying for jobs, selling yourself to employers, visiting college career offices, finding connections with others in the field and perhaps even attending college.

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