When we’re someplace new, we want to absorb every detail, so we follow every street that calls to us, and end up finding things we never would have known to seek out in the first place. How can we capture that feeling in our everyday, routine lives, and use it to our advantage? How do we continue to appreciate our surroundings and see them in a way that can keep us motivated and inspired as creatives?
Historically, Asian children are groomed to excel in science and mathematics. In countries like South Korea, Japan, Singapore and China, a strict emphasis is placed on high achievement from an early age. Their societies are structured as meritocracies— starting from grade school and continuing onto the time they enter the workforce. In their eyes, only the most intellectually-gifted succeed (i.e. make the most money), causing professions like art, entertainment and media to fall to the wayside. Today, perhaps because of these views, Asians make up only a little over 6% of creative jobs in America and even less in advertising (5.7%, as of 2014).
I’m just going to say it: there’s something about networking events that makes my palms sweat. For me, it feels a bit like being a cat; I am both curious and wary, excited and full of dread. One part of my brain thinks, “I’m a student. What can I possibly say? The other says, “Look! A chance to ask all those questions you have. Go!” Walking into The One Club for Creativity’s Intern & Creative Summer Networking Event was no exception, but by the end, I came to think of networking in a different light.