Seeking Side Hustles and Finding Your Passion

Deborah Diamond presented at the the 2017 Campus Philly Annual Meeting

by Misha Rodriguez, PHENND Fellow 2017

Hearing someone successful state that “finding your passion” isn’t as straightforward as others sometimes make it seem was a welcomed and different perspective to hear at the first PHENND Fellow’s Leadership Dinner at the Campus Philly offices.

Over take-out Chinese food and beers, Deborah Diamond, president of Campus Philly, joked that if she had pursued her career choices based off of her ‘passions’ she would be somewhere quite different now: “I was often asked what I was passionate about and I was like ‘well, swimming in the ocean.’” In terms of a career however, Diamond stated that the trouble was she didn’t have a way of answering ‘the passion question’ in a convincing way. That is, until she received some sage advice that taught her to reframe her thinking about passions and careers, and to think instead about focusing on what she needed work to be: “Do I need to like the people I work with? Does my work need to have a social mission? Do I want to be valued?”

Based off of this experience and her own personal application of it, Diamond advised the cohort of the importance in establishing what their current and relevant priorities are for work and to allow these core priorities to lead the way when making career choices. This approach towards making career choices allows a kind of adaptability and flexibility which can give someone a competitive edge in the job market. This is especially true in today’s job market where the focus areas and jobs are always changing. In Diamond’s words: “The best quality someone can have is to be a quick learner because jobs change.”

The application of this philosophy towards work and career are the obvious undercurrents of Diamond’s successful career path. A Philly native, Diamond originally planned to be a professor after attending Bryn Mawr College as an undergraduate. However, after completing a PhD in political philosophy at the University of Chicago and teaching at Columbia University and Bryn Mawr for a bit, she came back to work in Philadelphia out of love for the city and a desire for her family to grow there. Ultimately, Diamond ended up at Campus Philly and eventually replaced the former president who left for other opportunities.

Campus Philly was started by the City’s Commerce Department as part of its strategy to retain young talent in the city. People had begun noticing that despite the plethora of colleges and universities throughout Philly, most students left the city after attending school. This trend had led to low overall levels of education for the majority of the permanent residents in Philadelphia, proving bad for the economic growth of the city as a whole. As a result, Campus Philly was born in order to invite students to become more engaged in Philly, thus paving the way for them to invest more in their future and the future of Philadelphia.

As with any smart organization, adaptability and flexibility became key for Campus Philly’s ability to achieve its mission. Over the years, one of Campus Philly’s biggest adaptations was to become increasingly focused on the job landscape for Philadelphia college students. Campus Philly made this change because they began noticing that without connection to employment, students were not as likely to stay in Philly despite strong efforts to bring them downtown and enjoy the city. Through a series of changes and adaptations, the program today aims at getting area students off campus through a combination of interesting and exciting events and employment/internship opportunities.

Diamond’s final advice to the PHENND cohort was to urge them to seek a balance between pointedly shaping their careers with a certain amount of engagement and strategy while also being wildly open to new experiences. At this point, side hustles came into play in the conversation. (Coincidentally, also at this point, one cohort member had to excuse herself from dinner to attend to her own side hustle—babysitting.) Diamond emphasized that the cohort continue pursuing things they like, no matter what work they were doing. In the end, she claimed, side hustles and hobbies will keep cohort members motivated, stimulated and connected and could end up turning into a career opportunity—or not. However, she emphasized, the most important thing is to stay interested.

Afterwards, in reflection, a fellow remarked that Diamond had offered the cohort timely advice. As each fellow begins making decisions about how to get the most out of their PHENND Fellow year while also preparing for after, looking at their careers as a series of decisions based off of core priorities and values, makes the ‘what next’ question a little less daunting and the ‘passion’ question more manageable.

A big thank you to Deborah Diamond from Campus Philly for her advice and hospitality during the first PHENND Fellow’s cohort dinner. Find out more about the PHENND Fellows here.

Above: Deborah Diamond presenting at the 2017 Campus Philly Annual Meeting; photo by Chris Kendig

What’s On Our Mind: #ThursdayThoughts

  • RSVP to the student-only Party at the Barnes on Thursday, October 19.

    You get to Celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included.


  • Check out one or all of these awesome events this weekend!

    You don’t want to miss out on a night market in Chinatown, Manayunk Harvest Fest + more!


  • Register for Create-adelphia on Tuesday, October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters.

    The Create-adelphia panel includes the founder of Little Baby’s Ice Cream,  a Philadelphia Inquirer writer,  the owner of The Art Dept and an Anthropologie designer!Check out one or all of these awesome events this weekend!


  • Check out weekly top 5 picks. Freshly picked and ready for your application!

    Gigs from Frank Recruitment Group, Pennoni, New Penn Financial, Xelerate and The Karma Agency.


  •  Create your free Launch profile for our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27.

Hundreds of local employers post great gigs on our Launch site and you can apply to as many as you want.

Tuesday Tips

  • RSVP to the student-only Party at the Barnes on Thursday, October 19.

    You get to Celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included.


  • Register for Create-adelphia on Tuesday, October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters.

    The Create-adelphia panel includes the founder of Little Baby’s Ice Cream,  a Philadelphia Inquirer writer,  the owner of The Art Dept and an Anthropologie designer!


  • Check out weekly top 5 picks. Freshly picked and ready for your application!

    Gigs from Frank Recruitment Group, Pennoni, New Penn Financial, Xelerate and The Karma Agency.


  •  Create your free Launch profile for our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27.

Hundreds of local employers post great gigs on our Launch site and you can apply to as many as you want.

Take a Minute to…

  • RSVP to the student-only Party at the Barnes on Thursday, October 19.

    You get to Celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included.


  • Register for Create-adelphia on Tuesday, October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters.

    The Create-adelphia panel includes the founder of Little Baby’s Ice Cream,  a Philadelphia Inquirer writer,  the owner of The Art Dept and an Anthropologie designer!


  • Check out one or all of these awesome events this weekend!

    You don’t want to miss out on  First Friday at honeygrow HQ, Midtown Village Fall Festival + more!


  •  Create your free Launch profile for our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week, October 23-27.

Hundreds of local employers post great gigs on our Launch site and you can apply to as many as you want.

Locally Sourced and Handpicked News for YOU!

Generocity is a local social impact news and events group. Their mission is to build better communities through smarter impact. They do this through news, events and services. Below you’ll find Generocity news and events that matter to you the students!

 

Smile! We Have Awesome Upcoming Events For You

We had a fantastic night at last night’s SPARK:Philly event at International House Philadelphia!  Let’s keep the ball rolling with fun things to check out this week,  Create-adelphia at Saxbys Headquarters and Party at the Barnes.

This Thursday = Night Market Philly: Italian Market
When: Thursday, October 5 from 6-10PM
Where: 9th and Washington Ave.
Why You Should Be There: “
Roast Cebu Lechòn, Isgro Pastries, Papermill Fresh Asian Kitchen, Cappuccio’s Meats, T & S Bake Shoppe, Babalouie BBQ and Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom are participating. There will also be live entertainment from Max Swan and Flounder Warehouse.

Also on Thursday!  Halloween-Themed Movie Nights
When: 
Starting October 5 until October 31 
Where: 
The Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St.
Why You Should Be There: 
Free screenings range from campy to chilling.”

It’s First Friday all around the city! In Fishtown, there’s First Friday at honeygrow HQ
When:
Friday, October 6 at 5-9PM
Where: 1601 N Front St.
Why You Should Be There: “part craft fair/art show, part BBQ — our Fishtown headquarters will be transformed + accessible to the public for the first time ever, showcasing local makers, artists + charities while a hoppin’ BBQ kicks off outside featuring local faves Cheu Noodle BarWeckerly’s Ice Cream +honeygrow (of course).”


WEEKEND VIBES

Midtown Village Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 7 from 12-8PM
Where: 13th and Chestnut St.
Why You Should Be There: “Held every autumn, the Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events and attracts a whopping 50,000-plus attendees per year!”

Old City Fest
When: 
Sunday, October 8 from 11AM-6PM
Where: N. 3rd and Arch St.
Why You Should Be There: “Old City transforms from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into a mecca for entertainment and al fresco eating during Old City Fest.”

OutFest 
When: Sunday, October 8
Where: 13th and Locust St.
Why You Should Be There: “Now in its 27th year, the block party — spanning a dozen full blocks — consists of drag shows, games, bar crawls, music and shopping.


QUICK! SIGN UP WHILE YOU CAN

Party at the Barnes

When:
Thursday, October 19 at 6PM
Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Why You Should Be There: Celebrate the Barnes’ 5th year on the Parkway and join Campus Philly Open Arts for a FREE party at the Barnes featuring live music and performances. Come prepared to explore, engage, and party! Free collection access included. Each person registered is permitted to bring one additional guest. This event sells out very quickly, so sign up today! 

Create-adelphia

When:
Tuesday, October 24th at 5:30-7:30PM
Where:
Saxbys Headquarters, 2300 Chestnut St.
Why You Should Be There: If you’re a student interested in getting your foot into Philadelphia’s creative industry, you want to be at this event! Get insight from people who were in your shoes just a few years ago. Panelists include creatives from Anthropologie, Philadelphia Inquirer, the Art Department and Little Baby’s Ice Cream. After the discussion, you’ll have the chance to speak with them over free Saxbys and snacks.

Tonight at SPARK! Free Dinner and Cool Convos

We’re excited to meet you tonight at SPARK at International House!  Doors open at 5pm and the program begins at 5:30. Dinner is on us– sandwiches from Wawa plus &pizza at the reception. Your friends are welcome too– we have prizes for everyone who arrives with an extra guest.

Tips on having a great SPARK experience:

1. BYOQuestions – SPARK is intentionally different from the presentations you attend on campus. During our small group conversations you’re in charge of the agenda; our conversation leaders are here to share whatever tips and experiences you’re most interested in.
2. Stumped on what you should wear? We recommend “business fashionable.” Don’t worry if you’re just coming from class, but if you have a second to prepare – we have a good crowd of employers attending, to impress!
3. If you haven’t shared it already, please upload your resume here – we’ll distribute to employers present at SPARK so recruiters can follow-up regarding open positions.
4.  International House is located nearby Penn and Drexel at 3701 Chestnut Street; it’s a short walk from 30th St. Station if you’re traveling by Regional Rail and even closer to the 34th Street Station stop on the Market-Frankford Line. If you need any help with transportation or directions, let us know!
 
We still have two other in-person dates coming up after SPARK –
Create-adelphia on October 24 and Leadership Connection on November 14 – plus our virtual Online Job & Internship Week at campusphilly.org/launch where you can create an account and start your search now!
 
 

Your Weekly Dose of Monday Motivation

Did you know that fall semester is the time to start planning for what’s next? To be honest, college me had no idea! But yes, it’s a great time to start the process and we’re here to offer some guidance with our weekly Top 5 picks and tomorrow’s SPARK:Philly event.

1.  Frank Recruitment Group | Entry-level Internal Recruiter
2. Campus Philly | Communications Ambassador
3. Swift Capital | SQL Developer
4. Einstein Healthcare Network | Web Content Specialist
5. Food Export USA – Northeast | International Marketing Program Inter

Learn more about these opportunities here!


Tomorrow join us at SPARK! With free food and honest advice, SPARK is Philly’s best network-building event for college students.

Doors open at 5pm and the event kicks off at 5:30 with small group conversations for you to ask our roster of young professionals what they do, how they got there, and learn tips on how you can launch locally with an internship or job! Stick around for our reception to snack and chat with 20+ employers hiring for every major.

See you on Tuesday, October 3 at International House3701 Chestnut Street. Bring a friend! We’ll have prizes for anyone with an extra guest.

You can register for free by going here.

What’s Your Philly Story?

I’ll go first. Long story short, I moved to Philadelphia to study at Temple University and after graduating, I decided this was the place for me. Fast-forward to now, I just celebrated my 11th Phila-anniversary and work at Campus Philly where I get to share what I love about living and working in this city.

And there are more stories where that came from! Our upcoming (and FREE) Launch Event Series  brings all kinds of local professionals out to sit down and share their Philadelphia stories with you. The first in this series is SPARK Philly on October 3, 2017 at 5 PM at International House Philadelphia, 3717 Chestnut Street.

SPARK is the  best network-building opportunity for students  to launch your career or find an internship in Philadelphia.  You’ll get to meet other young professionals eager to share their candid experiences starting their career locally. BYOQuestions and meet young professionals eager to share their candid experiences starting their career locally. The evening includes a reception with local employers who are hiring, plus pizza and Wawa snacks and drinks.

RSVP here and share with your friends!

Your Weekly Dose of Monday Motivation

In terms of awesome things to do in Philly and starting your career search. Did you know that fall semester is the time to start planning for what’s next? To be honest, college me had no idea! But yes, it’s a great time to start the process and we’re here to offer some guidance with our weekly Top 5 picks and upcoming Launch Event Series.

This week’s Top 5 picks:

1.  Campus Philly | Communications Ambassador
2. Frank Recruitment Group | Entry-level Internal Recruiter
3. JPMorgan Chase & Co. | 2018 Technology Analyst Program – Summer Analyst
4. Yellowdig | Social Media Internship
5. World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia | International Business Development Intern

Learn more about these opportunities here!


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Our Launch Event Series starts with SPARK Philly on October 3 at International House Philadelphia. Build your network and launch your career in the region with Campus Philly’s Launch Event Series.

The series continues with Create-adelphia on October 24 at Saxbys Headquarters, 2300 Chestnut Street. At same time, Online Job + Internship Week is October 23-27! You can apply to as many gigs as you want from the comfort of your own room.

Complete your Launch mission with the final event, Leadership Connection on November 14.

You can register for the entire Launch Event Series for free by going here.