Choose wisely … and boost your professional development with ASU Alumni Career Services events!

Last year, I enjoyed reading Greg McKeown’s book “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.” In it, he very persuasively argues that success comes from surveying all of one’s options (whether it be in career, family life, community involvement, etc.) and then focusing on a select few. In order to get to that point, McKeown recommends that we ask ourselves two important questions every morning:

#1 Are you proud of the choices you are making at home?
#2 Are you proud of the choices you are making at work?

And this is why he says that answering these questions honestly matters.

“Asking these two questions and becoming more deliberate in our choices can seem like a small thing in the moment. Sometimes we feel we are too busy living to really think about life. Yet failure to reflect on these questions could contribute to a life of regrets. Indeed, an Australian nurse, Bronnie Ware, cared for people in the last 12 weeks of their lives and she recorded the most often-discussed regrets. At the top of the list: ‘I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.’ Next on the list: ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’ and ‘I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.’”

ASU Alumni Career Services will host a large number of career events this month. All of them have the power to take your career to a better place. But only you can determine which ones that deserve your energy and time. Choose wisely, and know that you really can’t make a bad choice!

Best of luck and much success on your journey!

Live events

Maroon & Gold Professionals Networking Mixer: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Four Peaks/Tasting Room on Wilson, 2401 S. Wilson St., Tempe.
Flex your power networking muscles at this enjoyable event, which is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni chapter.

Maroon & Gold Professionals Networking Mixer: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, at MidFirst Bank, 3030 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix.
Bring your business cards and your best networking skills to this event in the Biltmore area. You could walk away with a new job, a business collaboration partner, or a new friend!

Maroon & Gold Professionals Networking Mixer: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20, at Pedal Haus, 730 S. Mill Ave., Suite 102, Tempe.
Come check out the newly redesigned Pedal Haus and meet Sun Devils who can promote your professional development at this mixer!

Virtual Career Workshops

Ask the Career Coach
4:30-6 p.m. Phoenix time (MST/PDT), Tuesday, Sept. 13
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect with ASU Career Advisors online!

Sun Devil in Sports - What Does It Take To Be in the Sports Industry
Noon-1:30 p.m., Phoenix time (MST/PDT), Thursday, Sept. 15
Curious how to get your start in Athletics? Discover what skills and experiences are necessary and connect with ASU alumni currently working for Sun Devil Athletics, the Phoenix Suns, the Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Weekly Webinar Series Topics
These webinars will help you get ready to show your best professional face to the world, interview well, and land your dream career!

This month’s topics include:

  • Sept. 14: Resume Writing for Your Next Career
  • Sept. 21: Career With Impact - Teach for America
  • Sept. 28: The Rebrand Called Me 
  • Oct. 5: Interviewing for Your Perfect Job

The weekly webinars will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Arizona time (Mountain Standard/Pacific Daylight) and are FREE. To sign up, visit

Career coaching for Sun Devil alumni - now available on demand!
ASU career advisors offer professional guidance in all aspects of career development including resume writing, interview preparation and job search strategies. To learn more about career advising, including how to make an appointment to meet with a career advisor at one of ASU’s four campuses or remotely, visit Sun Devil CareerLink at

 Learn more about programs and offerings from ASU Alumni Career Services

~ Liz Massey, Managing Editor, ASU Alumni Association