Authenticity: The Key Ingredient for Interviews, Networking and Building Your Career

Authenticity: The Key Ingredient for Interviews, Networking and Building Your Career


– I’ve spent a lot of the past 12 months thinking about time. The fact that time always
seems to be moving faster, and the fact that there always
seems to be more pressure on us than ever before,
particularly on young people, to try to work it all out. The fact that it’s getting
harder to take time to appreciate the beauty of the world, to appreciate the simple moments. (soft uplifting music) Our attention is constantly
being pulled apart. It’s being pulled apart by technology, it’s being pulled apart by
endless scrolling on Instagram. (laughs) Don’t lie, you know
exactly what I’m talking about. All those beautifully manicured nails, the perfect figures, the
flawless travel photos. Our attention is being pulled
apart by those online shoes we checked out once on an online shop, which then stalk us around
the internet for weeks. It’s being pulled apart by Netflix, and by a thousand YouTubers
who’ve never had to fight for anything more than
their next subscriber. While they’re screaming at us that we have to find our passion, like if we don’t, we’re
some kind of failure. But you know what? A lot of it’s bullshit, and we know it. How do I know this is true? Well, I’ve spent a lot of
the last 12 months listening. I’ve been listening to
students, I’ve been listening to some of the world’s leading
experts on social media, but most importantly, I’ve been
listening to normal people, to their stories and their journeys. And a lot of what I’ve heard
is frighteningly consistent from one person to the
next, and that’s this, it’s that we’re sick of the fake news, and we’re sick of the real
news being called fake news, we’re sick of the feeling of
constantly being manipulated, we’re sick of the frauds
and the copy-cats, and the people who’ll do whatever it takes to get more likes or followers. But what we’re looking for is experiences, much more than stuff. Which is exactly why smashed
avo brunch with friends will always trump saving for a deposit on an apartment, any day of the week. We’re looking for connectedness, and to have real conversations with people that we actually like, not just people who added us on Facebook. We’re looking to be understood, not just to be seen and heard. In this new, frantic world,
where every one of us is busy, how do we find our tribe? How do we talk to our tribe? How do we help our tribe without getting caught
up in all that noise? In all of the conversations that I’ve had, it’s become increasingly clear that there is a magic ingredient. (pencil scratching)

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