My liberal arts degree had taught me to think, and to do it well. What I didn’t realize was that many peers, bosses, co-workers and others would soon recognize my social skills. These social skills were not the social media or social networking skills we know today. They were the tried and true social skills that allowed me to talk to someone with confidence, look them in the eye and hold a conversation, critically think (without a smartphone thinking for me) and conduct my personal and professional life as an intelligent, charming individual. These old-school social skills would help me to become the person and professional that I am today.
Social media has permeated every aspect of our culture. Yes, I have embraced it like many others, but being social wasn’t always that way. My social story really started decades ago, when people like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey were probably selling Kool-Aide to kick start their entrepreneurial careers as young kids. It was 1987 when I graduated from college in greater Boston. I secured my first full time job, was gainfully employed, earned a degree and was on my way. I had a vision about where I wanted to go, and what I wanted to do. What I didn’t know, was that I would eventually make a living working in and around the internet, social media and digital media space that weren’t created yet.