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11 Jul

Habiba Fouad

Senior Executive Search Consultant


In your career, things don’t always work out the way you plan them to.

I first learned this lesson myself in college. I went to one of those fancy private schools to study computer engineering in the late ’90s. I knew that an investment in such a degree would guarantee me a job – and not just any job, but a great-paying job – when I graduated.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. The dot-com crash came along right in the middle of my studies, putting a halt on hiring in the industry. Even the recruiters who normally came to our school to scout out students canceled their visits. It was a situation I’d never seen before and couldn’t have predicted.

This experience took me down the path of finding my transferrable skills and learning about new careers. I also learned how to interview for all sorts of jobs in many different industries – and I got over my fear of reaching out to strangers. This was a skill set I developed out of survival; I needed to pay the rent.

I know it sounds strange, but when you learn to approach job interviews from a different angle, they become less scary and much more interesting. I looked at (and continue to look at) interviewing...Read more at:

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