Real Life: Career Tips

For our Real Life Career Tips series, we asked working professionals to share their wisdom and insight.


Name: Griffin Kelp

Company: Nielsen

Position: Associate Client Manager


Q: What book do you recommend to students?

A: What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles


Q: What is one skill you recommend students learn?

A: Data visualization. With so many industries relying more and more on big data to drive decision-making across all managerial levels, having the ability to leverage skills with Tableau (or other data viz) software will always contribute to your own competitive advantage in the marketplace.


Q: What is your favorite motto or inspirational quote?

A: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr


Q: What piece of advice do you wish someone would have given you in college?

A: I have to share two pieces of advice here:

1) Find a way to become a lifelong learner. The world is changing and progressing at an expedited pace; those who cannot or choose not to continue to learn beyond the four years of university will have a tougher and tougher time keeping up.

2) Stay true to what motivates you. This is different from “do what you’re passionate about.” I’m passionate about ending hunger, but am only motivated for so long by the long-play, slow-growth processes that government and non-profit jobs often necessitate. Conversely, understanding that I am motivated by financial growth, professional autonomy, and workforce optimization has allowed me to stay sustainably motivated to work toward a similar (if not the same) end goal.

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