Berko was lucky enough to meet the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a large Chinese firm at a networking event. The conversation was progressing well as they discussed Berko’s experience and potential fit with the firm. As the conversation was drawing to a close, Berko commented that he would not like to live in China.
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For each of the following examples, decide whether the student’s actions are more likely to help or harm their career aspirations.
Jian had just completed his university studies and was seeking employment. On the way home from a particularly difficult interview, Jian witnessed an accident and assisted at the scene. Following this act of kindness, Jian was videoed in an interview and publicly thanked for his bravery in assisting at the accident. Jian posted the video online.
Kim was near to graduating from her university studies and had created an engaging and informative digital space where she shared her experiences and successes. After the final exam, Kim celebrated with some friends. After several hours of drinking alcohol, a friend videoed Kim looking drunk and making racist comments. Kim posted the video online because she thought it was funny.
While studying a degree in physics, Vesa worked with three other colleagues on a solution to a problem posed by an industry partner. The group worked very collaboratively and Vesa adopted an informal leadership role, for which she was praised by colleagues and industry bosses. The project solution did not solve the problem but Vesa reflected on the experience and identified how the problem could be approached differently to find a better solution. Vesa got permission from her colleagues and posted a photo of the group working together, their reflection, and a de-identified email congratulating them on their leadership style.