I perked up when Professor Mochon mentioned “weak ties” in his lecture this past Thursday. This wasn’t the first time I heard about weak ties, and how important the people outside my close circle of friends and family connect me with other clusters for future opportunities.
Over the summer I listened to a book on tape that resonates with all of us. The title spoke for itself: The Defining Decade (Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now). I’m twenty-one and (hopefully) about to enter the workforce. I can either enjoy this decade with “funemployment” or utilize the next nine or so years to define my future.
Meg Jay, clinical psychologist and author of this book, emphasizes that weak ties are essential and will help you snag that dream job. Take the time to make random weak ties with the stranger on the plane, or clustered weak ties through a friend at The Bulldog. These ties will more likely help you find a job than your best friend you text 30 times a day.
Here’s a TED Talk on The Defining Decade. Jump to 9:00 to hear more about weak ties or enjoy the 15-minute clip.