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  1. Working Young Act your career, not your age

  2. Tonight’s agenda • Go over the agenda • A little bit about Preston • Tonight’s conversation • The Culture of career search • A bit about you • A bit about our stories • A bit about our commitments • Question / Answer • Wrap up www.prestontrue.com

  3. Ground Rules for tonight • No fighting, kicking or screaming • No hiding out, judging, or throwing tomatoes • No expectation of a crystal ball Instead… • Explore, listen & question • Participate in and engage the process • Take just ONE thing home with you www.prestontrue.com

  4. Who’s Preston? www.prestontrue.com

  5. What’s the prevailing culture? www.prestontrue.com

  6. The prevailing culture in career search • Focus on instrumentality or the “vehicle” • Efficiency – what’s the least to do for greatest return? • Currency – how much will you cost? • Politics – how much @$$ do you have to kiss? • Why doesn’t this work? • Commercialization of human beings www.prestontrue.com

  7. The prevailing culture in career search • Focus on the acceptable or “safety” • What is everyone else doing? • What’s socially acceptable? • What’s politically acceptable? • “They” all say it’s tougher when you’re older • Why doesn’t this work? • De-value our contribution www.prestontrue.com

  8. The prevailing culture in career search • Focus on tactics or the “how” • Resumes • Cover letters • Job boards (Monster, etc) • Career networking groups • Why doesn’t this work? • Externally driven solutions www.prestontrue.com

  9. So now what? www.prestontrue.com

  10. Who am I?(identity or purpose) www.prestontrue.com

  11. What shows up when I do? What qualities do I bring to this room? www.prestontrue.com

  12. What story are you unwilling to release?(completion) www.prestontrue.com

  13. What did I say / not say?What did I hear / not hear?What did I do / not do?Where did I do “you win / I lose”?What is my contribution to my current situation? www.prestontrue.com

  14. What am I truly committed to?(define your next steps) www.prestontrue.com

  15. By July 31, 2010, I will (for example): • Choose to get back to work or not • Identify two (2) ideal careers • Identify twenty (20) people to interview in each career • Schedule five (5) interviews per week • Journal daily on the contribution(s) you made • Volunteer for a charitable organization and/or play a leadership role in an organization • Find an accountability partner www.prestontrue.com

  16. It’s about not rocket science or luck…It’s about identity, completion & action www.prestontrue.com

  17. Questions / Answers www.prestontrue.com

  18. Wrapping up our evening • Keeping the conversation alive • Email me for exercises – preston@prestontrue.com • Get an accountability partner • Suggested reading • The Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell • The Answer to How is Yes – Peter Block • Linchpin – Seth Godin • The Dip – Seth Godin • The One Page Business Plan – Jim Horan • Comfortable with Uncertainty – Pema Chodron • Thank you Keith Burke and St Irenaeus Career Path Network www.prestontrue.com