The key ingredient in an effective career search is intellectual curiosity: O’Connor

May 17, 2019

Many recent graduates who are entering the workforce have received oversimplified and contradictory advice on how to choose a career, writes Mike O’Connor. Some of this advice, the author adds, includes telling students that their choice of major does not matter, that they should follow their passion, or that they should start out in consulting. What goes missing in much of this advice, O’Connor writes, is the importance of intellectual curiosity that graduates should bring to their career search. "In sum, in a job that allows me to interface with successful alums from a variety of fields, I find the happiest, and oftentimes most successful, are the insatiably curious," concludes O'Connor. Inside Higher Ed (International)