Simon Sinek leads a Master Class on Day 1 of the 99U Pop-Up School. Photo: MACKME.COM

"Make Your Own Job" + 3 Other Lessons From Day 1 of the Pop-Up School

“Traditional” career advice is outdated. As the era of working for a single corporation for 40 years draws to a close, we need a new set of common wisdom for a new age of work. With that in mind, we chose “Career Development” as the focus of Day 1 of the first-ever 99U Pop-Up School, our three-day education event that took place Sept 18-20 in NYC.

The first of the three days, our Career Development series focused on preparing us all for the new generation of work, one where change is the only constant, and the ability to acquire new skills is the best skill of all. To that end, we’ve curated some of the best and most popular career development lessons from Day 1 from Simon Sinek, Scott Belsky, Heidi Grant Halvorson, and many more as shared by attendees. Consider it a crash course in the modern career.  

Lesson 1: Be Authentic

We’re in the era of the personal brand, where what you stand for is equally as important as what you can do. Several speakers touched on how important it is to be your true self, and to reflect that in your work.

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson 2: Have a “Get Better” Mindset

A “Get Better” mindset is one where you are focused on improving, not on being the best. Focus on learning and actionable goals and you’ll be on your way to mastery.

 

 

 

Lesson 3: Make Your Own Job

App developer. Community manager. Engagement Director. These jobs didn’t exist five years, so how can we plan for tomorrow? To quote Alan Kay, “The best way to plan for the future is to invent it.” 

 

 

 

Lesson 4: Being a Leader Isn’t About You

Scott Belsky leads a session Day 1 of the 99U Pop-Up School. Photo: MACKME.COM

Scott Belsky leads a session Day 1 of the 99U Pop-Up School. Photo: MACKME.COM

Great leadership is required of those hoping to accomplish great things. Great leadership isn’t about the leader, it’s about inclusion and making those around you perform to their highest potential. Mostly, it’s about empathy.

 

 

 

All Pop-Up School Recaps:

Day 1 recap“Make Your Own Job” + 3 Other Lessons From Day 1 of the Pop-Up School

Day 2 recapStartup Lessons By Warby Parker, Reddit, and More From Day 2 of the Pop-Up School

Day 3 recap“We Now Live In An A.D.D. Culture” + Other Digital Strategy Lessons from Day 3 of the 99U Pop-Up School

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Sean Blanda

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Sean is the Managing Editor and Producer of 99U. Sean is a co-founder of Technically Philly and Philly Tech Week. Email him: blanda@adobe.com or find him on Twitter: @SeanBlanda.
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