Learn, Connect, Plan: Career Advice from Booz Allen CFO Lloyd Howell Jr.
In just a few months, college students nationwide will receive their diplomas and look toward entering the workforce. How can they increase their odds of success? Critical thinking skills, patience, respect, and a positive attitude are a must, according to Booz Allen CFO and Treasurer Lloyd Howell Jr. Read even more of his tips below, taken from a presentation at the Business Today 44th International Conference.
Keep learning—about yourself and the world
“People who are drawn to consulting often can’t quite figure out exactly what they want to do at first,” Howell said. He was torn between investment banking and engineering and sought out Booz Allen on the recommendation of a friend. “Being open to the most random advice and ideas will help you learn about yourself.”
Howell also suggested seeking out opportunities for development and training. “Continuous learning gives you the opportunity and platform to try different things.”
Make people a priority
Keep in touch with classmates, professors, and friends from school, Howell advised. “They are probably the biggest contributors to my success.” And those group projects from class? “It’s a perfect mirror of what happens in the workforce.” When collaborating in that first job, offer coworkers and colleagues help and ask them for assistance when you have too much on your plate.
Make a plan
Think through what you want to do and what you’ll need to get there, Howell said. “Be aggressive in putting that plan together and getting feedback.”
“Once you get into your plan, things happen.”