Dear Experts, I want to preface this by saying that I am not a slacker at everything. I get really interested and work hard on many things but once I lose my interest, so goes the level of work. I have two Masters degrees but this is only because I can......Okay, frankly its because I'm a good test taker and can regurgitate recently learned information. I have never really studied for retention beyond what is needed for the next course task. I received a my second Masters degree over a year ago but never worked in the field nor did anything to break into the new field. I was working in a different field and did not have the initiative. I still work in the field that I have my first Master's in but it is boring and I'm sick of being a manager. My question is how do I go about breaking into a field in which I have a degree but know very little about? I feel bad approaching people in the field when I feel like I won't know what they are talking about and that they will expect me to know more than I do. I'm scared I will lose their respect before I even get started and dread asking for an internship knowing this will reveal just how little I know. Help. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: Q#222 Put ur ideal job into 30 sec intention 4 ntwkg; most understand school lrng difft from work skills. (@juliaerickson) Q#222 Join/immediately become active (via committee, etc.) professional assoc. B likable, helpful 2 key industry players. (@ValueIntoWords) Q#222 Write insightful posts & cite people you interviewed. Send them the links to build credibility. (@jtodonnell) Q#222 Internship gr8 way 2 get experience or else u will never learn. Informational intv. too. U need 2 start somewhere. (@DebraWheatman) Q#222 Internships and job shadowing are my two recommendations. Those are the best way to learn. (@heatherhuhman) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
July 28, 2009