TEDx speaker gives advice on alternative career paths

Hailey Lawrence

The Millennials Club and Psychology Club hosted Emily Phillips, a TEDx speaker, who came to UW Oshkosh on Wednesday to speak on behalf of creating a career path for students.

Phillips, a UW-Milwaukee graduate, gave a presentation titled “Agile Leadership: Preparing for an Unconventional Career Path” to students in Sage Hall. The lecture hall was packed with students from different majors to hear about Phillips’ unconventional career path.

Phillips told her story of her unorthodox career path. Upon graduating from UWMilwaukee with a sociology and history degree, she didn’t get a job right away. Phillips networked at the restaurant she worked at and managed to get a job at Ford Models. She then continued her career path to Information Technologies and then eventually to her current job as a financial advisor.

She gave her advice to the audience with her three steps to going down the unconventional career path.

“The first step is having an initiative process,” Phillips said. “Number two is my favorite and it’s having a tribe of resources… number three is living outside your comfort zone.”

Travis Cardarella, the president of the Millennials Club, a senior and a communications major, said the main thing he is concerned about for his future is learning.

“We aren’t going to have all the answers and the answers will continue to come as we get experience.” Cardarella said.

Cardarella said Phillips has helped him a lot in changing his perspective in finding a career.

“Your success will come when it needs to,” Cardarella said. “Just continue at your pace.”