Honors College Director, Jeremy Pittman, Conducts Workshop via Zoom

Career Planning Workshop

Honors College Director, Jeremy Pittman, Conducts Workshop via Zoom

Self-branding, finding a mentor, and securing a backup plan were three points Honors College director and instructor Jeremy Pittman emphasized in the Career Planning seminar conducted via Zoom, an audio-video chat app.

Honors College Director, Jeremy Pittman, Conducts Workshop via Zoom

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Wed Apr 8, 2020

Career Planning WorkshopSelf-branding, finding a mentor, and securing a backup plan were three points Honors College director and instructor Jeremy Pittman emphasized in the Career Planning seminar conducted via Zoom, an audio-video chat app. In the lecture hosted by the Division of Student Engagement Career Services Center, he defined career planning as an ongoing process that can help you manage your learning and development.

“When I think about self-branding, I think of Jay-Z,” said Pittman, who also serves as a Business and Computer Information Systems instructor.

Airing over the chat Jay-Z’s song lyric ‘I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,’ Pittman encouraged students to invest heavily in their LinkedIn. He recommended that their page feature a professional profile photo rather than a selfie.

Through a visual presentation, viewers noted the difference between a job and a career. While a job is only short-term, a career involves the practice of achieving goals.

Pittman spoke on how professional networking led to past jobs. Before getting hired to teach at the College, he was able to work for the Clarksdale Levee Board. Though he accumulated that work experience through a prominent connection, he remembers starting out as a shift manager at the Pizza Inn in his hometown of Grenada, Mississippi.

His first entrepreneurial business was repairing computers. It has turned into a consulting business. Through the video chat, he used the current marketing of cloth masks as an example of generating backup income, displaying various designs of the item on the e-commerce site Etsy. Cloth masks are presently in-demand after the Centers for Disease Control recently suggested that everyone wear one in settings where it is difficult to practice social distancing.

Career Planning Workshop“You need to know what skills you have, how you can transfer those skills into tangible income,” said Pittman. “You have to take the time to get to know who you are. Figure out what your community doesn’t have; that’ll be a good start.”

Pittman urged viewers to volunteer as it can lead to job opportunities. “The world cannot just revolve around you,” he reminded.

He advised viewers to find a mentor, research different careers, and take initiative.

Contact Career Services coordinator Trina Cox at 621-4674 or by email at tcox@coahomacc.edu for assistance.