Speaker Reveals the Secrets of Success Students rushed to fill an unair-condi- tioned auditorium on campus to catch any bit of advice that would give them an edge over the thousands of other college graduates each year grabbing at job openings. many other undergraduate stu- dents concerned with getting ood grades, he told them. "The impression I had was, 'I anl a hard worker, I am a fast learner,' " he said."The bottom line is [employers] don't care- looking for," he said. "Three makes it all add up and puts you on a roll." Combs said 64 percent ofinterns are offered ajob by their employers. He also suggests that students join the pro- fessional organization related to their dream job."For every job you can imagine there is a they won't know you are a hard worker, a fast '... the most important homework learner unless your [resunle] says so." Combs suggests that students begin building their you do in college is never going to be assigned.' - Patrick Combs resumes supporting their dream jobs from the moment they step on campus. But as much as stu- dents were sweating the heat and the future, Patrick Combs was weating even more. Energetically pacing around the room, he asked questions and led games to make students consider what they needed to do to get heir dream job right out of school. Patrick Combs is one of the college dr- First of ali, students should cuit's leading lecturers on career plan- join a campus club, then do ning.}oll Gardi"er ' 98 Passing on advice from his favorite profes- sor at San Francisco State University, he said, "Ifyou want to be successful, then you need to understand that the most important home- work you do in college is never going to be assigned."After hearing this bit ofadvice, he realized, "All I'm doing is assigned home- work!" But 2 years later, one month before grad- uation, he got his dream job working in Levi Strauss & Co.'s public relations department, making $80,000 a year. Combs shared with students the steps he took to secure his dream job. Before taking steps to make himself an attractive applicant, he was no different from something in the club to hone their skills in a particular field. Next, students should make sure they develop close relationships with faculty members. Each year, employers in the business world call pro- fessors at universities looking for students to fill positions in their companies. Who do these professors recommend? Combs asks. The ones they knOw. Once students start to gain experience, they need to assemble a sharp resume. "Go to the career center and let them help you," he said. "They really do make your resume shine. It's not cheating; it's what they do." He also stressed the value ofinternships above all else. "Don't even think of graduating without an internship," he said. The more the better."Three internships is what you are
professional organization for you," he said.
"These are jackpots of networking and learn-
ing about your career."
Combs left students with the encourage-
ment to pursue the job they really want. "It
takes the smallest amount of effort but you
just have to take a chance on your dreanl job.
Chances aren't given, they are taken."
Combs, 29, tours college campuses and
corporations giving motivational speeches. He
is the author of Majoring in Success, a book that
expands on the suggestions he gave in his
speech. His appearance at Carolina was part of
the VISA Success Tour, made possible by
MBNA America and the Carolina Alumni
VISA Card. The GAA worked with the
Orientation Office and University Career
Services to promote and support the program.
For more iriformation abo,.t Combs and his
book, check out his site on the lMJrld Wide Vl-i!b at
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before they are deciding about college, and I
want them to know the kind of quality people
that UNC produces," she said, joking that she
must compete with her husband, Rodney, a
graduate ofN.C. State and a Duke fan.
"We don't spend much time in the North
Carolina mountains, so that feature alone was
really special," Roycroft said. "My children are
old enough [ 8 and 6] that they really enjoyed
the independence of camp- being able to
select activities to participate in, being able to
safely walk from our lodge to the dining hall
or gym without having to have an adult
They all appreciated the rare opportunity
to do activities together, she said. "Even when
you are on a vacation, you are always driving
somewhere or figuring out where to go next,"
68 Nove III ber/ 0 ece/1/ ber 1 99 8
Dr. Kiran Cummings Harrill 'SS and her sons, Peter (left) and Austin, of Hickory enjoy a leisurely ride
around the lake. Achim Dragomir and his grandson Alex Dragomir Luta cool off in the pool. The two
attended with Alex's mother,Anca Dragomir, and father, George Luta ' 96 (MS). Ph.,o, I,), Unt/o Rn;"ey ' 95 (MA)
she said. "This was easygoing and relaxed."
- Carol Douglas
Family Camp wi!! be held again in the summer
of 1999. Dates will be Q/7r/ounced early in the year;
watch for details in CAA Today and on the CAA:'
Vl-i!b site <http: / /a lu/ 1mi.unc.edu >.